14 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their early singles, Pavement was composed of two recent college grads hanging out in suburban California recording willfully obscure art-damaged ditties at local hippie percussionist Gary Young's ill-equipped studio Louder Than You. 1989's debut single "Slay Tracks" was really good but seemed a tad insular and precious, the fancy wordplay the result of smartypants with too much time on their hands. Over a few years, singer-songwriter Stephen Malkmus' songs got more confident, Scott Kannberg's pyrotechnic guitar effects became more twisted, and Young's sound grew clearer, until the majestic Slanted & Enchanted dropped in 1992. This album boldly channeled the most cathartic elements of indie-rock's then-canon: Velvets, Fall, Swell Maps, B.A.L.L., Tall Dwarfs, etc.-all of it reconfigured into a fractured mess that's very catchy and often dazzling. We dare you not to hum along to "Here" and "Summer Babe"!

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their early singles, Pavement was composed of two recent college grads hanging out in suburban California recording willfully obscure art-damaged ditties at local hippie percussionist Gary Young's ill-equipped studio Louder Than You. 1989's debut single "Slay Tracks" was really good but seemed a tad insular and precious, the fancy wordplay the result of smartypants with too much time on their hands. Over a few years, singer-songwriter Stephen Malkmus' songs got more confident, Scott Kannberg's pyrotechnic guitar effects became more twisted, and Young's sound grew clearer, until the majestic Slanted & Enchanted dropped in 1992. This album boldly channeled the most cathartic elements of indie-rock's then-canon: Velvets, Fall, Swell Maps, B.A.L.L., Tall Dwarfs, etc.-all of it reconfigured into a fractured mess that's very catchy and often dazzling. We dare you not to hum along to "Here" and "Summer Babe"!

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