April 23, 2003
Yo La Tengo : Summer Sun
NYC weirdniks come in from the cold for 11th full length album
8 / 10
Enigmatic and frankly smug about it, New Yorkers Yo La Tengo are the high-brow uptown to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs seedy downtown. Beloved of esoteric side projects as well as foggy pop moments, their long career has won them adoration in lo-fi circles, but 'Summer Sun' sees Ira Kaplan's three-headed avant-rock behemoth embrace something like normality. Inevitably, it's a normality filtered through a million layers of noodling but with luminous tunes emerging through the murk. As irresistible at its peak - the luscious 'Little Eyes' and a lovely interpretation of Big Star's 'Take Care' - as it is baffling at its prog-jazz edges, 'Summer Sun' is the crowbar that prises open the door into a world of left-field beauty. Step inside in wonder.
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