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Editors’ Notes

With most of the songs centered on the subject of love and romance, it's easy to see this 1997 album as a love letter from YLT's husband and wife team of Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley to one another. But it's just as accurate to view the thing as a love letter to fans who'd stuck with them since their inception in the early '80s. Easily their most varied album to date, it is a delightful, sonically challenging, selection of experimental pop songs. I Can Hear the Heart segues perfectly from pure pristine pop numbers and pleasantly soothing drones to amped-up, funky, almost Tortoise-like burners. This remains the single best introduction to the Hoboken trio, even though they now have several best-of collections.


Formed: 1984 in Hoboken, NJ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Yo La Tengo are in many respects the quintessential critics' band: in addition to their adventurous eclecticism, defiant independence, and restless creative ambition — three qualities that virtually guarantee music press acclaim — the group's frontman, Ira Kaplan, even tenured as a rock scribe prior to finding success as a performer. So frequently compared to the Velvet Underground that they even portrayed the legendary group in the 1996 film I Shot Andy Warhol, the Hoboken, New Jersey-based...
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