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Yo La Tengo: Fade - review

Yo La Tengo: Fade - review

Mar 27, 2013 Music


Superstars in their own private universe, alt-rock gods Yo La Tengo are a band adored more by critics than by everyday music fans; and no wonder.

With its worn-out 1980s-style pysch-rock iterations that sound like all they ever aspired to be was the Chills, the Bats or even Sneaky Feelings, Fade fails on all counts. It should be called Flake; so drippy are some of these songs that the Chills’ own “Kaleidoscope Girl” sounds threatening in comparison.

Once again, the trio fails to establish a sound to call their own, and their exalted cachet remains inexplicable. But the drums sound good!