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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. 100
    Instead of the pleasing pop potpourri of their last album... the 13 songs on And Then Nothing . . . flow together subtly, all texture, mood and shade.... Yo La Tengo's tenth collection of warm, tiny songs is by far the finest in their careers...
  2. A gorgeous collection of intensely quiet songs filled with lush harmonies and haunting sonic atmospherics.... rarely has the group sounded better.
  3. Easily one of 2000's most accomplished albums, And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out may not be as immediately appealing as some of the group's more upbeat albums, but it's just as enduring, proving that Yo La Tengo is the perfect band to grow old with.
  4. 80
    Here the trio trade in the constant reliance on the fuzzed out guitars that led the charge of their steady rise through obscurity for the more subdued moments that have occasionally reared up in past projects.
  5. Gorgeously melancholy... mid-tempo grooves and hushed ballads dressed up in dreamy keyboards and liquidly reverberant guitars.
  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
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  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