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  • Summary: The rerelease of the indie-rock band's 1997 album features B-sides and live recordings.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Matador's two-disc Nicene Creedence Edition (nyuk nyuk) goes way beyond the original 12-song release, adding a whopping 31 additional cuts: outtakes, B-sides, compilation tracks, and live radio sessions, all of them top-notch.
  2. 100
    This slice of weird-rock from a more contented American decade is playful and preposterous in equal measure. [Feb 2009, p.89]
  3. A mountain of shambolic, livewire B-sides and covers of heroes and influence ranging from the Fall to Echo and the Bunnymen, help add a sense of balance and ballast to Brighten the Corners. It makes for an expanded vision of the original while at the same time proving that the original’s vision wasn’t quite so narrow after all.
  4. Individually as good as much of BTC, the bonus material is almost as listenable as the album itself.
  5. 80
    The second disc of this deluxe edition makes Brighten The Corners's faults more difficult to accept as hard truths. [Holiday 2008, p.98]
  6. Brighten The Corners found the Califirnian indie five-piece buoyed by a more consistent set of songs than 1995's sprawling "Wowee Zowee." [Feb 2009, p.124]
  7. Like most modern reissues, this one contains a wealth of B-sides and curios to sift through. Some are fun, like the nasty, thrashing 'Wanna Mess You Around,' but some are for completists only.

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  1. Oct 26, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. From Stereo to Startling on a Slipstream Pavement's Brighten The Corners still puts a huge dent in my listening time. Now If only I was old enough to hear them live back in their adolescent days of dreaming to make it big I could find out just how exhilarating it would be to hear them in person. Fortunately this reissue of Bright The Corners:The Nicene Creedence Edition does with there various extended live tracks. This reissue is filled with even more distortion hard to hear lyrics and sounds that make Pavement even more unique as they already are. I highly recommend this Reissue to any Pavement fans and a perfect beginner album to anyone who is yet to realize just how awesome Pavement is. Expand
  2. j30
    Aug 15, 2011
    10
    One of my favorite 90's albums from a great 90's band. Great reissue. I highly recommend this record to anyone who loves the time period andOne of my favorite 90's albums from a great 90's band. Great reissue. I highly recommend this record to anyone who loves the time period and the music made therein. Expand