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Today Is the Day! - EP

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Reseña de álbum

Yo La Tengo fans who were troubled with the often quiet and overly tidy surfaces of the band's 2003 album Summer Sun get a bit of a respite on the Today Is the Day EP, which opens with a remake of that album's song of the same name. While the original take of "Today Is the Day" was gloriously gentle and spare, this take features Yo La Tengo bashing away in noisy pop fashion in a way they haven't quite managed since I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One in 1997, and then following that up with the similarly amped-up "Styles of the Times" and the engagingly freaked-out and horn-enriched "Outsmarterer." In short, if you've been waiting for Yo La Tengo to rediscover the amps they used on "Mushroom Cloud of Hiss" or "Attack on Love," well, this isn't quite your dream disc but it's a step in the right direction. Of course, it wouldn't be YLT without dynamics, and they've also thrown in a few low-key numbers as well, including a cover of Bert Jansch's British folk chestnut "Needle of Death" and another recast of an older tune, taking the poppy "Cherry Chapstick" from And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out and stripping it down to a slow and spare acoustic ballad. One of the reasons Yo La Tengo can get away with releasing a lot more EPs than the average band is that they tend to be consistently solid and offer up stuff that will please and intrigue the fans, and if Today Is the Day isn't a masterwork, it's solid work from one of America's best and most interesting bands, and that's reason enough to give it a listen.

Biografía

Fecha de formación: Hoboken, NJ, 1984

Género: Alternativa

Años de actividad: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Una de las bandas más queridas del universo indie, los Yo La Tengo han sido frecuentemente comparados con la Velvet Underground (incluso tuvieron el honor de personificar al legendario grupo de Lou Reed en la película I Shot Andy Warhol) por su forma de combinar canciones de delicado pop melódico con explosiones de feedback y otros experimentos sonoros, que van desde el noise rock a la música ambient. El grupo es una creación del crítico de rock Ira Kaplan (guitarra, voz) y su esposa Georgia Hubley...
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