Popular Songs - Yo La Tengo
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  • Summary: The latest release for the rock band was produced with Roger Moutenot.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
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  1. As usual, they sound less like imitation than a band remaking its record collection in its own image.
  2. As fine as those nearly 16 minutes of controlled chaos are, it's the first half of Popular Songs that you're more likely to come back to, where by thinking in a small space Yo La Tengo have challenged themselves a bit and beautifully risen to the occasion.
  3. Popular Songs is as essential as anything Yo La Tengo have ever released, and perhaps even more so--an album that looks back at where they’ve been, smiles, and stares resolutely forward to what will come next.
  4. Experience can be a crutch, an excuse to tread water in comfortable waters. But Popular Songs wears its age well, a calm but firm reminder of an indie rock perennial it's all too easy to take for granted.
  5. You still get an album's worth of pristine, beautifully constructed songs that enhance Yo La Tengo's literate reputation.
  6. As far as conclusions about Popular Songs go, it’s fair to address the reader not as a consumer of the music, but as someone breezing through its clean, familiar architecture. You should check this place out. It’s pretty sweet, and I think you’ll like the light.
  7. Steady as she goes from the indie institution.

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  1. [Anonymous]
    Sep 9, 2009
    9
    Another great album from one of the finest bands around.Go and buy all of theit stuff-you can't go wrong.
  2. NicolasI
    Sep 10, 2009
    9
    It's really great.