Monday, September 11, 2006

Pass the Hatchet: YLT back on top?

I haven't heard all of the new Yo La Tengo album, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Kick Your Ass, but Pitchfork's calling it a return to form, even after their supposedly lackluster performances on a summer tour. Predecessor Summer Sun wasn't great, more like Dad Rock for the Pure Moods crowd. While it had its moments -- "Little Eyes" and their cover of Big Star's "Take Care" chief among them -- it turned out to be the gloomiest thing YLT have ever put out.

Now they're back, and you'd do well to give a listen to the album's sprawling opening track:

Yo La Tengo - "Pass The Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind".

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