14 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pavement’s 1992 debut is a weirdly ecstatic marriage of harmonic noise and sing-out pop, swollen with clanging guitar pyrotechnics, stoner tempos, and crashing choruses. Blistering songs like “Loretta’s Scars” and “In the Mouth a Desert” boldly channel the most cathartic elements of indie-rock pioneers like Big Black, The Velvet Underground, and Swell Maps, while adding cartoonishly witty observations and bittersweet reminiscences. More, the rueful resignation of “Here” and the dramatic hookfest “Summer Babe (Winter Version)” show that singer/songwriter Stephen Malkmus had real insight into the human heart.  

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pavement’s 1992 debut is a weirdly ecstatic marriage of harmonic noise and sing-out pop, swollen with clanging guitar pyrotechnics, stoner tempos, and crashing choruses. Blistering songs like “Loretta’s Scars” and “In the Mouth a Desert” boldly channel the most cathartic elements of indie-rock pioneers like Big Black, The Velvet Underground, and Swell Maps, while adding cartoonishly witty observations and bittersweet reminiscences. More, the rueful resignation of “Here” and the dramatic hookfest “Summer Babe (Winter Version)” show that singer/songwriter Stephen Malkmus had real insight into the human heart.  

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