14 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their early singles, Pavement was composed of two recent college grads hanging out in suburban California recording willfully obscure art-damaged ditties at local hippie percussionist Gary Young's ill-equipped studio Louder Than You. 1989's debut single "Slay Tracks" was really good but seemed a tad insular and precious, the fancy wordplay the result of smartypants with too much time on their hands. Over a few years, singer-songwriter Stephen Malkmus' songs got more confident, Scott Kannberg's pyrotechnic guitar effects became more twisted, and Young's sound grew clearer, until the majestic Slanted & Enchanted dropped in 1992. This album boldly channeled the most cathartic elements of indie-rock's then-canon: Velvets, Fall, Swell Maps, B.A.L.L., Tall Dwarfs, etc.-all of it reconfigured into a fractured mess that's very catchy and often dazzling. We dare you not to hum along to "Here" and "Summer Babe"!

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their early singles, Pavement was composed of two recent college grads hanging out in suburban California recording willfully obscure art-damaged ditties at local hippie percussionist Gary Young's ill-equipped studio Louder Than You. 1989's debut single "Slay Tracks" was really good but seemed a tad insular and precious, the fancy wordplay the result of smartypants with too much time on their hands. Over a few years, singer-songwriter Stephen Malkmus' songs got more confident, Scott Kannberg's pyrotechnic guitar effects became more twisted, and Young's sound grew clearer, until the majestic Slanted & Enchanted dropped in 1992. This album boldly channeled the most cathartic elements of indie-rock's then-canon: Velvets, Fall, Swell Maps, B.A.L.L., Tall Dwarfs, etc.-all of it reconfigured into a fractured mess that's very catchy and often dazzling. We dare you not to hum along to "Here" and "Summer Babe"!

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
121 Ratings

121 Ratings

doorsjimrip ,

UNBELIEVABLE

This album is one of the greatest albums of all time. Pavement is the best band of the nineties. If you don't buy this whole album, don't bother ever listening to music again.

BBDPFTSYJDRMBVAFW ,

One of my favorites

This cd is perfect from Summer Babe to our singer. The highlights are Summer babe In The mouth A Desert, Conduit for sale! , here , two states and fame throwa. But you should get the whole thing. the only song that is below perfect is No life Singed Her. You should also get the watery, Domestic EP from the deluxe edition (Texas never Whispers - Shoot the singer) this album is a master piece.

Fast Eddy321 ,

I don't know what to say, it's so good.

The only thing that could possibly be better is the expanded version.

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