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9/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 17th October 2014
Pavement sound different here – more grown up perhaps, despite coming only a year after the brilliant “Crooked Rain Crooked Rain”. The album opens with the beautiful/odd/brilliant “We Dance”, an acoustic ballad that falls from the speakers like snow. The twisted, off-kilter craziness returns, however, as “Rattled By The Rush” begins. There are bigger guitars and rockier solos but it’s most definitely Pavement. A lot of Pavement’s gentler moments are here, for example, “Black Out”, “Pueblo” and “Motion Suggests Itself” are quite lovely. “Grounded” has a marvellous swelling lead guitar line that punctuates its beautiful plod. “Father To A Sister Of Thought” is quite brilliant and allows Pavement to bring a country edge to their weird and wonderful world of wonky. “Grave Architecture” is one of the best songs on here and has a riff that is almost reminiscent of Pulp’s “Babies”. “Serpentine Pad”, “Best Friends Arm” and “Flux = Rad” are similarly noisy, punky songs that add to the variety of relatively weighty 56 minutes. I find Spiral Stairs’ contributions to Pavement albums generally to be the weaker moments, but “Kennel District” is one of his better efforts. “Half A Canyon” is a six minute cosmic-indie-prog classic and would be a fitting end to the album. Unfortunately, Western Homes, which is really neither here nor there, is tagged on at the end. The highlights of second disc that comes with this reissue are two versions of “Easily Fooled”, although the best version of this is to be found on the b-side of the “Rattled By The Rush” single, “Sensitive Euro Man” and pro-Australia pop ditty “I Love Perth”. Not as good as the two albums before it, but probably better than the two that came after it. I love Pavement, Buy it.
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