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Pavement virtually defined indie-rock for the 1990s with their collapsing rhythms, sudden discordant guitar jabs, and cheeky, ironic lyrics delivered with near indifference. 1997’s Brighten the Corners was the band’s “return to form” after the experimental — and in hindsight now much appreciated — Wowee Zowee failed to connect with the immediacy of their previous output. Corners is more song oriented; the band’s ramshackle arrangements still lead the way, but the melodies are quicker to the point. The opening track, “Stereo,” sounds as if the band is still setting up the equipment as the tape rolls but the chorus reels everything in, while “Shady Lane” and “Date With Ikea” explode with urgent pop energy from their opening notes. Effective mellotron usage adds a trippy vibe to “Transport is Arranged.” “We Are Underused” employs classic southern-rock guitar licks. The band has matured without losing the excited spark of discovery that invigorates every cliché that’s turned on its head.

Customer Reviews

Paranormal activity

Last night I took the little lady out for steak and a movie (paranormal activity). During the movie, while I was eating my popcorn and drinking my soda, I was thinking brighten the corners is such a piece of splendid urban delight.

Brighten The your life

This Album is the kicks, especially Shady Lane/J Vs. S. The Lyrics are so imaginative and creative it makes you smile forever...

5 stars for this Mellow Pavement Album

I have just recently ventured into Pavement's music, and it's been very rewarding. I've been a Sonic Youth addict for quiet a while...but Pavement's jams are a bit easier to listen to. Stephen Malkmus is a genius...with his witty lyrics, awesome guitar riffs, and really, the overall sound he creates is amazing. This is not Pavement's most groundbreaking work, but it is nevertheless worthwhile. If you want an album to get you into Pavement, or just some awesome 90's indie, this is your album!


Formed: 1989 in Stockton, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

With their fractured songs, unexpected blasts of feedback, laconic vocals, cryptic literate lyrics, and defiant low-fidelity, Pavement were one of the most influential and distinctive bands to emerge from the American underground in the '90s. Pavement, along with Sebadoh, were the leaders of the lo-fi movement that dominated U.S. indie rock in the early '90s. Initially conceived as a studio project between guitarists/vocalists Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg in the '80s, Pavement gradually became...
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