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Editors’ Notes

Yo La Tengo is a rock band populated by rock geeks; most notably, singer/guitarist Ira Kaplan wrote about rock before he made his name playing it. Maybe that's why the trio's 1990 album—featuring mostly cover versions—works so well; it's like a fantastic mixtape made by a friend with a deep and eclectic record collection. The material jumps between decades and genres, drawing from Yo La Tengo forebears that seem by turns obvious (The Kinks, John Cale, The Flying Burrito Brothers), unexpected (Cat Stevens, The Holy Modal Rounders), and truly obscure (Rex Garvin & The Mighty Cravers, The Escorts). Two more contemporary acts get the cover treatment, too: Daniel Johnston (a singer/songwriter/eccentric who was pretty much unknown upon this release but in following years attracted a sizable cult) and The Scene Is Now (a quirky pop band that remains pretty much unknown even today). Little of the hard-rocking, noise-happy Yo La Tengo is evident here. Most of the covers are tender, chiming takes that hew more or less faithfully to their sources, while the five original songs find the band in the dream-pop mode it's always done well.

Customer Reviews

OVERLOOKED

My favorite YLT record. Laidback and breezy - perfect for a hot summer night. "What Comes Next", "Did I Tell You", "The Summer", "Can't Forget" are all outstanding tracks. The best song though, and worth the full price of the album (and then some) is "Barnaby, Hardly Working." …DO IT.

Best Summer Album Ever

If you don't like this then your not human. Go away space people, back to your own planet!!

Come on People!

I really can't believe the popularity of this album is so low on iTunes. This record is great, "Here Comes My Baby," "Barnaby," "The Summer" and especially "TRIED SO HARD" are all exceptional songs. Not trying to be a pusher but "Tried So Hard" is really one of my favorite songs ever and I can't understand why its one of the lowest purchased of all Yo La Tengo's material... Get Fakebook now!

Biography

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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