Some bands were made to mature, and New Jersey's Yo La Tengo are one of them. 2003's Summer Sun is their tenth album, and while it's not their best (that's still 1997's masterful I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One), it's probably their most instantly comfortable. Partly that's due to the tempos, which are more uniformly lazy here than even on 2000's pokey And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out, but it's also because their commitment to guitar haze has seldom been more gorgeous. "Beach Party Tonight" is shimmering, aquatic, and gorgeous; "Let's Be Still" takes ten luxurious minutes to complete the harmony in its own head, complete with flutes and horns. Best of all is "Today Is the Day," in which drummer-singer Georgia Hubley pays tribute to durable relationships over a yawning, nearly-Hawaiian guitar: "I was gonna spend the night/Could've been okay/We were gonna talk all night/Till I went away… A minute later, I'm older/And can't stay away."
By Glenn Kenny on 01.14.14 in Icons
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By Andrew Parks on 10.21.14 in News
"Anyone who ever said they liked our older records more than Painful," Yo La Tengo frontman Ira Kaplan said at Ohio University last year, "I just told them they're wrong." He won't have to say much soon; not w...
By Eric Ducker on 09.29.14 in Features
"We figure, if people like rock 'n' roll music, they'll like this, 'cause it says 'rock 'n' roll' on it."