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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 2 out of 20

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  1. 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 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
  2. 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. Listening to every one of those songs makes me wanna go back to those gold sounds.
  3. 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 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
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85

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Think of Quarantine the Past as a cousin to Hot Rocks or the Red and Blue Albums: it doesn’t tell you everything you need to know, but as a primer, it’s hard to beat.
  2. It all clicks into gear by the end, and it perhaps bodes well that they appear to have worked out how to finish things on a high.
  3. In other words, it’s exactly what a Pavement retrospective should be - a heavily slanted, palpably enchanted slab of richly flawed anarcho-pop.