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  • Summary: With the band reunited and touring in 2010, here comes a 23-tracks greatest-hits compilation chosen by the band members.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    Quarantine the Past doesn't replace the albums, but it's a highly listenable alternative that is as much a treat for nostalgic older fans as it is a valuable gateway for new listeners.
  2. 91
    It’s a nice cross-section of material that highlights why Pavement was such a darling of the alt press, but Quarantine fails to truly capture the greatness.
  3. In other words, it’s exactly what a Pavement retrospective should be - a heavily slanted, palpably enchanted slab of richly flawed anarcho-pop.
  4. Quarantine The Past: The Best of Pavement comes after a decade of constant re-releases, bonus discs and live albums, so it shouldn’t surprise that it comes off as a final, all-encompassing victory lap. Luckily the tracks chosen reach deep enough to make it at the very least a respectable ‘best of’ compilation.
  5. 80
    This new 23-track compilation, cherry-picking the back catalogue from 1989's "Box Elder" through to 1999's "Terror Twilight," might help resolve the band's final enigma. [Apr 2010, p.102]
  6. In short, Pavement's influence will continue to be felt for years to come, and this compilation admirably explains why.
  7. Understand that most of the tracks are excellent. If this were a stand-alone record, I would rate it more highly. As an overview of or introduction to Pavement, it is terribly flawed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jul 28, 2012
    10
    Pavement is one of the best bands of the 90s. Pure American rock that defines it's generation, along with Pixies, GBV, Dinosaur Jr and more.Pavement is one of the best bands of the 90s. Pure American rock that defines it's generation, along with Pixies, GBV, Dinosaur Jr and more. Listening to every one of those songs makes me wanna go back to those gold sounds. Expand
  2. Mar 12, 2012
    6
    I missed the whole Pavement thing when it was going on so got a hold of this as I thought it might be a nice introduction to a criticallyI missed the whole Pavement thing when it was going on so got a hold of this as I thought it might be a nice introduction to a critically acclaimed band. To be honest I'm not impressed. No doubt influential etc etc but if so then those they influenced took what they did and made it better from what I can hear. The vocals are pretty weak. The guitar licks are good but at times are just a bit all over the shop. There are very few tunes on here that I'd put on a turn up loud. Some good stuff but ultimately a bit disappointing. I'll look into some of the bands albums as perhaps this is one of those cases where individual tracks just don't translate across to a "Best Of", or perhaps its just a case of "you had to be there". Expand
  3. TAE
    May 6, 2012
    2
    Yeah I don't get why this band is ALWAYS being clumped with Sonic Youth and the Pixies. At best they're just tag alongs. They don't evenYeah I don't get why this band is ALWAYS being clumped with Sonic Youth and the Pixies. At best they're just tag alongs. They don't even belong in the same sentence as those two brilliant, classic Alt. rockers. Yes the vocals are ridiculously weak. No emotion whatsoever. It's like Malkmus is going into a coma and if this is the best they have to offer than you're better off just listening to actual pavement being made. This band is the perfect example as to why avid music lovers hate these stupid, indie, hipster, critic types. I guess at one time it was considered "in" to sound like you're a slacker who doesn't care but without the passion and emotion you've just got dull music without heart. Expand