Fade - Yo La Tengo
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  • Summary: Tortoise's John McEntire takes over as producer from Roger Moutenot (who worked on the band's releases since 1993) on the 13th release from the New Jersey indie rock trio.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Jan 15, 2013
    92
    Fade is just 10 distinctive, beautiful songs in 45 minutes meant to show their languid new peers (Real Estate, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, what have you) who's boss. It shouldn't work. It's to that roaring 20-year streak's goodwill that it does.
  2. Jan 22, 2013
    85
    Nothing seems to rattle them, and hearing that Zen-like outlook on record is immensely refreshing and inspiring.
  3. Jan 10, 2013
    80
    There's nothing showy here, nothing flashy, just an understated, immaculately put together collection of happy and sad, yearning and sweet songs.
  4. Jan 8, 2013
    80
    The real revelation about Fade is that it is the most settled album they've recorded in years.
  5. Jan 14, 2013
    80
    Fade is rich with details and grows richer the closer one looks.
  6. 80
    With Fade, they’ve come across ten songs that all sound tight and of course, refreshing, against the backdrop of what might be their most consistent album to date.
  7. 60
    An album that perhaps skips too easily from one style to another for its own good, though there are other sublime moments.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 1, 2013
    9
    I am very disappointed that I have discovered them so late. They should have been in my music rotation for years. This is a very sophisticated and sublime album that asks you to press the replay button. Their sound is 2013 and it's great to see old hands set the trend for the youth of today. I am now going to go through the catalogue. Collapse
  2. Feb 4, 2013
    8
    This is YLT like you've never heard them before. It extends beyond the scope of their typical style, seamlessly incorporating a caliber of orchestration that few bands are able to create. The songs are varied yet cohesive, soft yet impactful, indirect yet focused. What surprises me the most is that I never really got into these guys, but this album speaks to me in a different way. Old fans might label Fade as a 'comeback album', but it's going to bring them new fans too.

    If you appreciate indie pop on any level, then this is a must listen. Without a doubt, an early contender for best of 2013.
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