Yo La Tengo, Fade

Laura Leebove

By Laura Leebove

Managing Editor
on 12.01.13 in Reviews

“Say that we’re afraid/ Say that we were wrong/ Maybe that’s OK/ If we’re not so strong,” Ira Kaplan sings in the “The Point of It.” It’s one of Yo La Tengo’s most delicate songs, and it sums up their 13th album, a collection of 10 poignant tracks about love, mortality and picking up the pieces when things fall apart. Fade is cohesive in sound, too, bringing together the wildly varied elements of YLT’s music — like hushed vocals, the necessary fuzzy guitars, an occasional gloriously-catchy chorus and, as of late, string arrangements — in a way that makes sense.