What were they up to here? It seems for the members of Pavement their previous album Crooked, Rain, Crooked Rain was a little too smooth and straightforward so they increased the crazy on this third LP which was much more spontaneous and experimental. It divided critics but it showed the band refusing to pander to growing old gracefully and is an off the wall treat.
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8/10 Tom 19th December 2018
Pavement's third record Wowee Zowee is often referred to as their worst album, and that may be the case in you're judging them by their cohesiveness. The sprawling 18 track album features a wider array of Pavement-isms than any of their other albums but the key to Pavement has always been their ramshackle charm, and Wowee Zowee is chock-full of Malkmus' and co's loveable alternative rock/pop majesty. The singles aside, some of their best songs are on this album - 'Grounded' might be one of their finest moments.
Malkmus claimed he smoked too much weed during the writing and recording of this record to be discerning - thank god for that!
10/10 Jack 16th September 2015
If there could ever be anything close to a modern day White Album, this is it. My first introduction to Pavement was "Rattled by the Rush", track 2 off this album; I was taken with its quiet chaos and looked up other songs by the band. While maybe not topping any "Best of the 90s" lists, Wowee Zowee gives its listener the clearest representation of the unique stylings of Pavement. Curious and baffling lyricism, lazy but brilliant bent guitar and occasional squeals and screams, Wowee Zowee is the most aptly named record I can think of.
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