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  • Summary: Aside from the noisy "Cherry Chapstick," the tracks on And Then Nothing showcase a mellower sound for the Hoboken, NJ three-piece, which disappointed some long-time fans but certainly won over critics.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Making a record that delivers satisfaction from start to finish is a rare and momentous thing. Making any record that sounds unlike anything else is a victory in itself. To bring the two in line as Yo La Tengo has done with And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out may as well be called perfection.
  2. A gorgeous collection of intensely quiet songs filled with lush harmonies and haunting sonic atmospherics.... rarely has the group sounded better.
  3. A clearly adult, unfashionably sensitive document, all grace and understatement, experimental through what it leaves out, and the effects it plants in the background.
  4. Gorgeously melancholy... mid-tempo grooves and hushed ballads dressed up in dreamy keyboards and liquidly reverberant guitars.
  5. At times recalling Eno's Another Green World.
  6. 80
    The arbiters of mellow have turned the fully realized indie pop of their last and most accessible effort, I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One, inside out, exposing a softer, fleshy side that's more akin to some of their earlier outings.
  7. 30
    A too-long, languid mess of Hoboken groove.... a thoroughly disappointing affair.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. May 15, 2013
    10
    It's a beautiful album that captures the essence of domestic, content life through its calming grooves and fantastic melodies. It's chilling,It's a beautiful album that captures the essence of domestic, content life through its calming grooves and fantastic melodies. It's chilling, relaxing, and relatable, and more approachable than most YLT records. I think it has proven itself very worthy of all the critical attention and is easily one of the best albums of the 21st century. Expand
  2. JimB
    Mar 27, 2005
    10
    A sublime masterpiece! And perfect for "summer night" listening. Could be Yo La Tengo's best album.
  3. SlowGlassRecords
    Sep 22, 2006
    10
    brilliant, stunning, exeptional masterpiece of extreme proportions.
  4. JohnL
    Jul 24, 2006
    9
    The album before this was their greatest, but this is terrific in a very different way, and stands out more than what followed (which is/was The album before this was their greatest, but this is terrific in a very different way, and stands out more than what followed (which is/was still good don't get me wrong). These folks are as interesting a band as their is in America (the only thing I prefer is a dou called Rasa), and so it's been for the last 10-15 years. Collapse
  5. GuyH
    Apr 12, 2007
    9
    Not a typical YLT album in that there isn't as much variety in mood and pace as usual. However, I think this eventually works in the Not a typical YLT album in that there isn't as much variety in mood and pace as usual. However, I think this eventually works in the album's favour, creating a really hypnotic feel. A brilliant late night listen. Expand