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Slanted And Enchanted

Pavement

1992

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Slanted And Enchanted

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2.97

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5

This first album comes off like a more laid back Sonic Youth, but with a sense of humor and a sensibility for brighter/catchier hooks. Stephen Malkmus' approach to songwriting, particularly his lyrics, blew me away when I first started really paying attention to them. Largely free of rhyme schemes, yet utterly memorable. Obviously very well educated with vocabulary and obscure references in spades, yet he pops his own intellectual bubbles by tempering it with whimsical goofiness and the mundane. The delivery and phrasing also underscore this in their playful and "casual" nature. Although this may sound very "normal" and familiar now, it is because their sound and approach have been so completely absorbed into modern indie music that it is almost difficult to recognize their originality in hindsight. One of the main tributaries of influence in indie rock. An absolute pillar. Loosen up.

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Like Steely Dan looking in a cracked mirror, Pavement provide a wry slant on... things... too oblique to pin down but suggestive enough to catch a whiff. But whereas the Dan's semi-sarcasm comes across (to me) in their technical virtuosity, these guys prefer loosening all the bolts in their machine and incorporating the rattle to Becker/Fagen's precision engineering. The stop-start nature of the singsong screech-thud-sludge combos here, in tandem with Malkmus' head-just-above-water vocals, are all you need to tell something's gone off in the fridge even if lines like "fruit-covered nails" and "Zurich is stained and it's not my fault" don't tell you exactly what. Harking back further than Steely Dan, to my ears Pavement's patient zero is the Velvet Underground's Murder Mystery. One of these songs even bears a remarkable simiarity to it--just don't ask me which one. Like all Pavement albums, S+E is an ouroboros that leaves me blissfully dislocated from start to finish.

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If it’s dog shit you want, look for pavement

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5

So many memories around this album. Nirvana kicked off my alternative journey and this album kicked off my independent journey. Well, maybe this, and Exile in Guyville. This album makes me happy. It was a time in my life where I was figuring out who I was and music was such a huge part of that. It was also college, and I was working at Urban Outfitters, so all the memories there. My CD even has my name on it from taking it to Urban to play as store music. I wish I could remember how I discovered them. I probably read about them somehwere.

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Excited to listen to this, my youth being largely defined by listening to emo - Pavement and Far - were bands I read about in magazines as the forefathers of my beloved genre. And yeah, for sure, I get that here in spades - the scream-singing, the speak-singing, the sloppy then tight rhythms, the gnomic titles (Jackals, False Grails: The Lonesome Era); the pretty on the nose, but also kind of fun lyrics (“I’m trying! I’m trying!”). This is the seed that bore my youth. And as such, the recipe wasn’t quite as honed, and had a lot of raw edges. I admire this for what it brought forth, but I don’t know if I’d listen again, too too much.

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5

A lot like The Fall this one. The recording is absolute shit but some classic songs underneath it. Summer Babe and Desert my favourites

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5

I knew Pavement going into this, but had never listened to this album. I’m glad I did I have been missing out! Pavement has that deadpan Steven Malkmus delivery that brilliantly mixes noise with very listenable songs and harmonies - a definitive example of 90s Indie slacker rock. This album has a real joy to it, not feeling over-edited or produced. How great is Stephen’s little chuckle around the two minute mark of Summer Babe? There’s a few tracks that seem a little gratuitous and I could do without, but they don’t bother me enough to even hit skip and the majority of the songs are great! Really glad to have this in my library now to bring back some of those 90s influences. Favorite tracks: Summer Babe (Winter Version), Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite at :17, In The Mouth a Desert, Zurich is Stained, Here, Two States, Perfume-V.

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I've always thought of Pavement as a darker Weezer with Nick O'Grady playing drums. I still think this is true. The problem I run into with their albums is some of the songs are terrible and require skipping. It's a great album, to me, if you can play it all the way through. This leaves something to be desired when I listen to Pavement. Crooked Rain is still my favorite album of theirs. I'll probably revisit this when I'm in the mood for some Pavement.

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4

Summer Babe is my favorite Pavement song, so this one is high on my list. Pavement scratches a certain itch with me. Kind of the disaffected cool kid vibe. This album led me to Stephen Malkmus' solo record and the song "Church on White," which is on my all time song list.

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I’m a simple man. I see a Pavement album, I give it four stars; and whilst it’s not my favourite Pavement album, there are some great tracks on here, depsite Malkmus’ impenetrable lyrics.

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I got "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" earlier in this list, and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed this one as well, but it feels like a way more stripped back, loose version (makes sense since it's the debut). I like the jangly, almost off-the-cuff-sounding nature of it. I can understand why people wouldn't like it, but it clicks with me. To paraphrase a favorite video game reviewer: it takes a lot of effort to look this effortless. Favorite tracks: "Here", "In The Mouth A Desert"

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It's sidewalk you nonces.

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Hands tied, face down on the pavement, I was clearly in trouble, the game was up. A summer spent in the Cotswolds with the family sounded like the wholesome slice of recuperation I so desperately needed after another long season at Chelsea. We arrived to our hired cottage Wednesday morning, the smell of freshly mowed lawn in the air and a cool summer breeze tickling my brow. My heart was brimming with anticipation and I couldn't wait to get started. Marjorie and the girls headed down to the beach to set up camp for the day. I stayed behind as I said I needed a massive shit and didn't want them to be overpowered with my unbearable stench. Once the coast was clear, I began. I could barely contain my excitement as I unzipped my rucksack. There they were, still in their plastic wrappers. Perfect. Ready. I had always had a fondness for puppets as a child. The older and creepier the puppet, the better as far as I was concerned. I couldn't go to a Punch and Judy show without getting a raging stiffy in my shorts. Over the years my fascination grew more fierce, as did my dick. I found myself at more and more kids' birthday parties, but ultimately the questions and accusations from parents got a bit too much, so I had to force myself to stay away. I wasn't interested in their brats, it was the puppets, but who would believe me? Of course I would have the occasional lapse and find myself wanking in a nearby forest. As I peeled back the wrappers and touched the polished wooden faces for the first time, I knew these puppets were special. I came instantly. By the time I cleaned myself up I knew i had to get to the beach before the family started asking questions, especially my youngest Rhiannon, she was a real cunt like that. In my haste I must have left the front door open as I furiously headed to the beach. A mistake that would come to haunt me. After what felt like an eternity building sandcastles and paragliding, we returned home to find that our cottage had been ransacked. My sweet puppets, they were gone. My heart sank. I was inconsolable at the loss and also at the amount of sand in and around my foreskin. I left the cottage in a rage, determined to find the culprits that had ruined my life. It had been 6 hours searching park's and wastelands looking for clues when finally I saw something in the distance. It was either a dead child or to my horror, a crumpled, decapitated puppet. The knot in my stomach twisted as I approached. My biggest fear was realised. I sank to my knees. The next hour is a complete mystery to me. I must have blacked out, terrorised to my core. I awoke shaking, covered in blood and semen on a slowly rotating roundabout. My trousers were round my ankles and I was wearing no shoes ot jacket. I could hear sirens approaching rapidly. I knew I had done something bad. I ran.

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This album is lauded by music critics and is often in ‘Top Albums of All Time’ lists. It sounds a little like prototypical Strokes. It’s essentially early indie rock. And usually I’d enjoy that; I just couldn’t enjoy this. No catchy riffs, meaningless lyrics... just felt very little. FS: Summer Babe

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Makes me think of Pete and Pete for some reason. Disaffected 90s shit. Love the opening track... then it's kind of downhill from there. I wanted to like this more than I did.

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I can see some elements of their influence on future bands, but it’s just not a good rock album in my opinion.

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I feel like this should have been higher as technically it fits into my wheelhouse of noisey, sludgey rock and pop but the singers voice irritated me so much I can't score higher than 2.

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Never got the fuss for pavement, crap lyrics and bog average noise

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Bit weird, kinda like soft rocky punk, tiny bit grungey. Maybe with more listens it'd be a 3, seems like something I could get into, but I think just a 2 in reality.

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Pavement - listens to Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground once. They sound like they would do heroin just because Lou Reed did. If we had to go through Pavement to inspire some shoegaze bands then fine, but there's other garage rock/alt rock artists of the era who I'd much rather listen to.

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I know indie rock is meant to sound homegrown/DIY/garagey/etc (or any other sly synonym for "rubbish"), but this is so laughably amateur I have to wonder how on earth it made it onto a list this "important" (term used loosely given half the other crap on it). Over 300 albums in and this would have to be the most amateur-sounding thing so far. I guess sonically it's basically a lite version of Nirvana's Bleach, but with even less(!) talent and songwriting ability. Best part is that it has guitar solos, but you can tell none of them have any idea how to stay in key or even tune a guitar, so they just used single takes and the end result is a "nah, we MEANT it to sound jarring and awful! This is our indie credo!" lie-ridden stinker. Thank you Tommy Wiseau, but no one believes you. This fucking sucked. 1/5.

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As annoying as can be!

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This was dreadful. Seems like the music industry was quite accessible at this point. 1*

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5

love this

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5

to pimp a butterfly

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5

Raw young contemporaries to Nirvana, and it shows on this record. I love it.

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5

Best tracks: Trigger Cut, Conduit For Sale!

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5

Perfect album

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5

A remarkable fusion of genres that i love, very great album

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5

really enjoyed the album and the spotify radio that came out of it

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5

Apparently this is a total classic album that everybody has heard of and loves, except for me. I enjoyed it well enough, although some of it doesn't do anything for me (I can see the nostalgia factor).

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5

Ice baby I saw your girlfriend and she was Eating her fingers, like they’re just another meal But she waits there in the levee wash Mixing’ cocktails with a plastic tipped cigar

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5

Great songs, good flow. Pavement at its best.

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5

Great band great album

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5

FIVE STARS One of the coolest albums ever made in the long history of rock. Revisiting it today was a pleasure I didn't *fully* expect, since I've probably listened to it a thousand times already. But it's still working, after all these years. At first, the thin lo-fi sound caught me off-guard, after so many glossy, so called "well-produced" records on the list. But quickly, I remembered why I love this record (and this band) so much. It's smart, melodic, rough, lively, cute, wry, funny, sad, bittersweet, nonsensical, dumb and bright all at the same time. "Summer Babe", " In The Mouth A Desert", "Loretta's Scars", and "Here" are instant indie classic. Funny how, now that I know music history a little better, I can spot a few winks towards other legendary rock bands from the past. "Conduit For Sale!" draws on the Velvet's "The Murder Mystery" for instance, as someone rightly stated here in this group. But those influences don't take away Pavement's own very specific talent. Slacker genius at its best here. Harder to pull off than most people think... Number of albums left to review or just listen to:  more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens:  approximately a half so far (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter But who caaaaaaares... even those rejects are somehow redeemed by Pavement's take on "success". In the end, what we all are is being like lame stand-up comedians on the stage of life, both grotesque and sublime. See the legendary opening lines of "here": "I was dressed for success / but success it never comes / And I'm the only one who laughs / at your jokes when they are so bad / And the jokes are always bad / But they're not as bad as this / Come join me in the sun..." and so on... Behind that thin layer of cynicism and the absurd, Pavement are most of all romantics, in the tradition of the Kinks and, once again, The Velvet Underground. So they deserve to be "here" with them.

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5

On another list. Awesome record.

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4

Always forget that I love this record.

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4

As I've aged I've grown to appreciate Pavement more and more. I still can't call this a total 5 star classic for me personally, but I'm much higher on it now than the last time I heard it.

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4

bom

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4

Another album I listened to a ton at a certain time, but haven't much since. It's clear to me how some would find this massively annoying as I have some of the grunge/punk spectrum stuff that's come up on this list. No accounting for tastes: for what it is, though, I think it's tremendously solid.

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4

Great album, would definitely listen again. I kept listening to more of their music after the album and I think I like more of their later music better, but overall feels like they were very influential.

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4

Not bad. 4 stars.

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4

I really enjoyed this - Luke has been gradually getting me into Pavement. I thought it was fun!

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4

I love the way this sounds

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4

Love this one.

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4

Know the band and a few songs, but have never listened to an album. I teetered throughout the whole thing - Really like the music, but the vocals annoy me...

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4

In mijn gedachte was dit album veel meer uitgesproken. Destijds een sterke plaat, verder niet veranderd maar toch maar 4/5 punten. Zou dit de plaat zijn waar iedereen positief over is?!

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4

I remember first listening to this album in high school when it came out. They were the underground darlings when Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden were blowing up. I haven't listened to it since until now. The album personifies garage indie rock.

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4

didn't realize how many songs i knew from this album. likely will go into the regular rotation!

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4

Conduit for sale! Makes this album a 4 to me

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4

I like this one a LOT more than I did on my first listen. It's not in your face, but if you get into the "slacker vibe" and appreciate the instrumentation, it has a lot to offer.

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4

Enjoyed this a lot. Not the sort of thing I’d usually turn to and I thought I had it’s number after a couple of tracks but it continually surprised and delighted. Here for it. Will go again. More power to you girl.

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4

I love Pavement!

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4

So I should love Pavement. They're right in my wheelhouse, and my best friend loves all things Pavement. Turns out I really like some of it. Probably deserves (and rewards) repeat listens. And it turns out I really like this album. Surprising gem for me.

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When I first got into this band I probably connected with this album the least for whatever reason. It’s definitely grown on me a lot and it’s very easy to see how it became a blueprint for a very certain type of indie rock.

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4

Great album! I love the semi-chaotic sound.

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4

Odličan album Pavementa. U 39min je stalo isto toliko minuta kvalitete.

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4

SO many of my friends were into Pavement at this time but I never really listened much. I wish I had - this was right up my alley!

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4

Quite good! Reminds me of both Nirvana (around the same time, too) and AJJ.

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No són les cançons. És l'esperit del disc. El clima lo-fi, aquí sublimat, abans que tantes altres bandes malinterpretessin la filosofia DIY i es llancessin a publicar mediocritats disfressades d'andanades alternatives. Però també hi ha cançons: 'Trigger Cut', 'Summer Babe', 'Here'... Encara ho farien millor, però la ràbia i el to subversiu d'aquest primer cop els garanteix un lloc etern al podi del rock alternatiu

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4

Oh man this was exciting to discover! I’ve heard the name so much but never really knew what to expect. LOVED so many of the tracks. Will fit in nicely with my Nirvana and Pixies collection.

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4

This is okay. It's definitely not as good as Crooked Rain, but then few albums are...

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I haven't listened to this in an age. I remember Everett's review in Melody Maker calling them the "New Nirvana", buying it based on that single written review from HMV in Exeter and being disappointed they sounded nothing like Nirvana. It really grew on me though, although it is a bit patchy. Listen to their other albums more regularly as they're more fully formed but would guess they're not going to be in the 1001.

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4

I did not want to listen to an indie rock band from the early 90s today and was throwing a bit of an internal tantrum about it. But these guys have won me over, distortion and atonal speak-singing and all. I wouldn't mind if they lived on my block so I could hear them rehearsing in their garage. I'm still a long way from calling myself a fan of early 90s indie rock but I'll be happy to have several of these tracks shuffle up in my rotation.

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4

enjoyed it very much, moet ik nog eens beluisteren

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4

Wasn’t too familiar with this but I liked it.

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4

Pavement, basically, created a sound that defined a generation. You're never really sure if they're playing too fast, too slow? Doesn't matter because it all works so wonderfully. Stephen Malkmus' voice can be a bit of a...thing, but I couldn't imagine this band any other way. A perfect mess of a band. This album gets 4 stars only cause I, personally, think Crooked Rain is the better album.

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4

Slanted and Enchated, my God Pavement, you are really spoiling us. You usually expect one, but both is really quite special. What a day.

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4

good this one.

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4

Liked this a lot more than I remember liking Pavement way back when.

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4

Ok

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4

Wowee Zowee! This is an old favourite. The secret of Pavement is that their slacker sound and appearance clearly takes a lot more hard work. It takes dedication to be this awkward and angular and still sound THIS GOOD. They go on to release even better albums though!

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3

closer to a 2.7 maybe? I enjoyed parts of it

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3

1992. Key Songs: Summer Babe, Conduit For Sale!

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3

Ok I guess. Really not my taste

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3

Good alb. Bigger fan of crooked rain

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3

Very 90s alt-rock, nice jams if you want to be taken back to a time of Tony Hawk Pro Skater on PS1.

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Hirmu vaikea tuomita. Oli ihan lepposaa menoa ja sitten taas jotain vähän ärsyttävää.

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14 Songs in 39 Minuten? Die Musik lässt sich gut hören. Teilweise sehr gut! Der Sänger muss jedoch noch viel üben. Ich hoffe, er schafft es und überrascht mich in einem späteren Album.

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3

Probably good for what it is, but I just don't dig it.

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3

Indie rock standard

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Ok

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3

Not bad, not bad at all. I think in 1994 this would have been a very different and exciting album amongst other grundy music but it's hard to listen and not just think of more seminal bands from that era.

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3

Nu Dad Rock

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Production: 13/20 Songwriting: 11/20 Innovation: 15/20 Bangers: 5/20 Emotional response: 13/20 =57 Yeah. Good and solid, not a bad listen.

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3

not my favorite pavement album but they still keep their sound rly well

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3

Very 90s. Another band I never knew, but I liked the combination of genres and I heard some Weezer sounds in there

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3

I'd like to give this a 3.5/5 and not a 3. I thought their indie rock style was impressive. Worth a revisit or perhaps a look into their later albums

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3

Very 90s, very indie. Not what I would call "singing." Lots of attitude, noisy guitars.

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3

Didn’t hate - reminded me of a time in my life lol

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Not really for me.

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This is one of thise bands people tell me to listen to. Today I actually listened to a whole album and I understand why...very good and reminds me of a lot of indie bands I enjoy like modest mouse. However I'm not sure if I'll revisit for another listen.

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3

Pavement me gustan, pero no me entusiasman. Prefiero sus discos posteriores

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3

Fun listen. I had more to say yesterday - oops!

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Latere platen van Pavement vind ik echt stukken beter. Dit is echt te rommelig en grillig voor mijn smaak. Latere platen zijn toegankelijker en hebben een meer uitgewerkt geluid. Toch nog 3 sterren omdat het Pavement is, maar in eerste instantie neigde ik meer naar 2.

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3

Didn’t enjoy this anywhere near as much as I have in the past.

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3

Bit pop punky. Not my thing but I appreciate what they are trying to do

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3

Solid 3 here.

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Quite liked this.

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3

Some solid 90’s college rock. There are definitely some amazing gems here, but also a lot of bits that could use a good amount of refinement.

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3

Never gave pavement a chance. Glad they were on this list. Very enjoyable.

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Pretty decent vibes, didn't blow me away. Deserves a relisten

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3

My first introduction to this band and album. Given the years this was recorded and released (start of the 90s), this sounds to me like a link in the musical chain stretching from 70s punk and 80s indie rock and thrashy stuff (even a little of the pre-punk 60s; not sure what the term is for bands like Velvet Underground) and 90s grunge and so on. Some of the tracks are too thrashy for my own personal taste (nothing against it; just not my thing) but I definitely appreciate how good this band is. Some of the tracks are very much too my liking and I can imagine myself coming back to hear them again. I get why this is on the list: for its time, it was very inventive and counter-trendy.

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I kinda prefer the rainy life-cul-de-sac pavement instead of this overconfident shoegazey pavement, but still enjoyed it.

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I knew one song by this group that I absolutely love, but all my hype kind of fell down listening to this album. It surely has some really good songs, but nothing extraordinarie for me.

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I like Pavement and I like this album, but I feel like they were in a lot of ways about experimenting and messing around. They switched genres and styles like a great bar band, brought their own flavor to it all, but there's also not a lot for me that really elevates them to any transcendent moments. That's not a bad thing, they are great and really paved the way for a lot of other music, just hard to rate them too high when viewed among so many classics.

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3

This sounds like a generic 90s band. I couldn't sing you a single song off of it - nothing really memorable.

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3

A decent indie rock album. Slower at some points, which offers a nice break from the rest of the album which plays fast and loud.

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Mixed feelings. Some songs I like and some I don't. I have to listen to the band more often. (6,5/10) Favorite Tracks: Here

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3

Another band which I neglected for ages, but always knew was there. It's like indie-rock with early grunge guitars. Guess it takes a few spins to really settle in.

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3

Pretty good punk.

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3

I have a couple songs in my liked list that are by Pavement so I was excited to listen to this. Some of the songs I'm not super into like "Conduit For Sale!" and "Chelsey's Little Wrists", which I found annoying. Other songs like "Summer Babe", "Zurich Is Stained", and "Here" are that nice chill lazy indie-rock sound I associated with them. It just barely goes from a 3.5 rounded down to 3, wavered between a 3 and 4.

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Generally I respect what Pavement does, I thought this album was pretty good, though I do get exhausted of the "singing" after a few songs - better in small doses.

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Kolejna banda ktora znam z jednego albumu, wiec poznaje pavementa na nowo, bo slyszalem wczesniej tylko jeden z ich popularniejszych wydan czyli brighten the corners z 97, natomiast dzisiejszy slanted and enchanted jest z 92 i jest debiutanckim albumem bandym, ktora w swoim wczesniejszym dorobku miala kilka epek, mocno undergrundowoych, jak przystalo na post punkowe granie w mocnym lofi, debiutancki material rowniez jest utrzymany w podobnym stylu, bo chociaz to album studyjny, to nadal slychac jakos piwniczna jakosc, co tutaj mam na mysli jako komplement, zwlaszcza po ostatniej remowej przeprawie, gdzie nie dalo sie odszukac sladow autemtycznosci muzyki, natomiast tutaj slychac ja az tak dobitnie, ze niektore fragmenty trzeba sluchac kilka razy zeby sprawdzic czy to aby sluchawki na kablu znowu nie plataly mi figli, bo miejsca w ktorych drzwiek lubi zaszumiec z jednego kanalu na drugi sie zdarzaja na plycie, taki urok indi rokowania, ciekawie uslyszec zespol ktorego brzmienie sie juz zna konca okresu dzialania, a poznaje poczatek, bo akurat tutaj da sie uslyszec roznice pomiedzy kompozycjami slanteda a cornersa, dzwiek nie jest jeszcze tak oszlifowany jak w pozniejszym okresie, przez dzwiek mam na mysli zarowno wokalowy performans Malkmusowy, ktory z krzyczanego punka wyrosl na spiew nasuwajacy na mysl Lou Reeda w solowym okresie kariery, co do instrumentali, to najwieksza roznice slychac w podejsciu do drumow i perkusji, ale to z powodu zmian w ekipie bandy na tej pozycji, basior i gitarka w tym wydaniu sa o wiele surowsze, ale pasuje to do punkowosci materialu, co natomiast sie nie zmienilo i nadal jest jedna z najmocniejszych stron pavementu, to teksty, ktore w nieprzekombinowany sposob brzmia szczerze nawet gdy zwracaja sie bezposrednio do sluchacza, a jednoczescie potrafia opowiedziec historie, nieraz z pewna ironia i zartem, takiego wlasnie punka brakowalo na liscie, na plejke leci in the mouth a desert, ktory daje ciekawe spojrzenie na relacje miedzy ludzkie i pojecie przyjazni, kolejnym pickiem bedzie zurich is stained rowniez poruszajacym ten sam watek, ktory jest mocnym motywem przewijajacym sie przez caly material, czyli 39 minut podzielonych na 14 kawalkow

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Maybe slightly unfairly for an album I know and enjoy but I don't feel well so...

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3.5, actually enjoyed this, started a bit heavy but then sounded very Pixies. Might get more into it with a few listens

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Not my fav pavement album. There are hints of what they'd become here, but it's missing some of the cohesion and cleverness of an album like Brighten the Corners

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"Two States" - that's why I listened this album.

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Pretty standard stuff

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7/10

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I never really got into Pavement and still not a fan, but this definitely had some great songs on here like Here, Summer Babe and Jackels. Not bad but the distortion gets a bit too much at times to enjoy it.

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Ok... a little muddy.

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Didn’t enjoy this one that much, but I feel I might enjoy it more with time.

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Not bad

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Never heard of them a bit off kilter grunge.. No bad.

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Has a definite Central Valley sound to it, one I wish I became familiar with early in life. That insight is one I developed when listening to Grandaddy for the first time. Things get markedly more interesting toward the back of the record; Until then there's little that really grabs me.

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A noisy, rambling 39-minute delight. Probably one of the best debut albums I have heard in this genre. As a front man Stephen Malkmus runs the gambit from bemused to insouciant to caterwauling, which is simultaneously a lot of fun and way too much. Musically, the album rocks, jangles, rattles, burns. The songs are all nice, crunchy, compact little numbers, most clocking in at 3:00 or less. The band toes the line between melodic and noisy, deliberately teetering over it at times to interesting effect. Lyrically both clever and absurd. Fave Songs: Two States, Here, Our Singer, Jackals, Summer Babe - Winter Version, Zurich is Stained, Perfume-V, Trigger Cut/Wounded Kite At: 17, In the Mouth a Desert

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7/10

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Never got them at the time. Retrospectively, this reads as a less-stoned Dinosaur Jr or a less-wanky Sonic Youth.

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Some decent grungey/noisey rock. Sounds like an early version of some more recent similar stuff I enjoy

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leuk, maar hoort het in deze lijst, not sure

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Pretty good I guess, but also sort of generic indie/90s alternative rock. Nothing bad about it, but nothing super special either. A bit too cutesy for my liking. 3 stars.

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Not bad, actually.

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Rocks a bit.

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Heard glimpses of emo, and that was the best part. The rest was meh. Feeling generous with a 3.

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Some interesting songs

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Rating: 6/10

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I love me some fuzz but this was largely background noise with some occasional ear pleasing hooks. Bless ‘em

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Just OK. Sounded like the an average 90's alternative band...nothing special to me.

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Got through it ok. It was ok

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4/20/22

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Indie rock when indie rock was good. All of the comparisons to current bands gets lost on the fact that this style of music was relatively unheard of, with the exception of Pixies, which is blown away by Pavement. 3.5/5.

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decent alt rock punk rock album

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Aika peruspunkkailua

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Below average alternative rock that fails to convince

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I've never heard of pavement before. This album was a good indie rock album, but does it need to be on this list? Did this group usher in the generation of indie rock albums on the late 90s and early 2000s?

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Antingen klickar det eller inte. Inte för mig.

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This album could not make me listen to a lot of tracks totaly.

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Not for me I think. Maybe give a second chance

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kinda meh. Svag sångare osv. basic grungigt

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2.5 - enjoyed Here

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Nee.

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2/5 nothing really stuck in my head

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Kerb Your Enthusiasm

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I do have a soft spot for Pavement, but this isn't great

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Very indie lo-fi - still slightly disappointing

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I had to look through their singles to figure out where I had heard of the band before - Nickel Creek covered one of their songs. I don't know if I have heard any of this band's music before. I don't think I liked the album. Some okay tracks, and some I definitely didn't like.

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I suppose this was a very influential album at the time, but I didn’t really like it.

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This was probably my least favorite album so far. I have never been able to get into pavement.

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Nur weil Pavement ein Album veröffentlicht haben, ist es nicht gleich eins der 1001, die man gehört haben sollte. Nun hab ich’s jetzt getan, aber ein zweiter Durchgang wird wohl nicht folgen. I really don’t care 1.7

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boring and rubbish together

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Not my style, kinda too grungy almost? FS: Zurich is Stained

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Not really my type of music2*

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Pretty underwhelmed by this album. Sounds mostly like half-baked ideas that vaguely sound like Sonic Youth. From what I understand, this is an album that requires a few relistens to really enjoy. I don't think I will, though.

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Prima alternative/indy bandje maar mij iets te zeurderig en eentonig per nummer

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Øverock med dårlig lyd og slet ikke mig. Starter dog med et par enkelte gode numre

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that was… rough look, I like being optimistic with music, but this was a damn hard able to enjoy i don’t think i hate it, that’s too strong, i just felt pretty bleh listening to most of the songs I liked the last minute of Summer Babe, reminded me a bit of Neutral Milk Hotel a tiny bit i guess? I don’t know, i really, really love Neutral Milk Hotel and it’s hard to compare Jeff Mangums incredible work with this album and the electric stuff in Fame Throwa sounded kinda cool, but christ i can’t stand the vocals like i don’t mind weird vocals, i love Bjork and Jack Stauber and Ian Curtis, i don’t have anything against unique vocals. but the damn singing on this album sounds like a flamboyant-emo starbucks employee reading his homemade poetry like he’s doing a limerick i’ll give it a 4/10, like at least it was listenable, but i would really love to never hear this album again

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Pretty forgettable for me

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Pre grunch chafon. todavía no acababa de cuajar.

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Whew. Glad that's over. Instrumentals were good. Not fun on the voice....

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It’s not my type of voice :(

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Pretty uninteresting

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Pavement was another new band for me, and this album did not connect with me at all. On the first listen, I really didn’t like anything…it kinda of grated on my nerves. But I always like to give a new-to-me album at least a couple of shots to reach me, so I tried again…this time with earbuds. The second listen was better…less grating. That meant another listen to figure out exactly where this album would rate. The third listen was worse than the first. All I could really hear for most of the album was noisy guitar and it wasn’t appealing to me at all. I was trying, and Pavement was really trying and trying and trying…if you get my drift…but my only response to that was, “You are very trying!”

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The first track is brilliant, then the rest have a bit too much madness and not QUITE enough method. I suspect the album would reveal secrets after a few listens, but I ain't got time for that.

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i get what they were trying to do, but not my vibes

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Nerve grating guitars, spotty rhythm, and sub-par vocals - what’s to like? Not much here. Giving it a two, because there were a few bass riffs I enjoyed.

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This is one of those bands I was never into and wonder why. Until I revisit them. Too noisy for me.

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I really wanted to like this. I always wanted to like Pavement. But I just don't hear the tunes. I liked Cut Your Hair, but everything else leaves me kinda 'meh'. I know many fans and critics really dug them, like they were the second coming of whatever, but I never heard it. They sounded like a 1000 shitty bands (and I mean that in a good way. I like a shitty band) that played at the Sandringham Hotel in the late 80s/early 90s. I just didn't get excited by them. Maybe you needed to see them live? I am grateful for the impetus to listen to this album all the way through (and I listened to it twice), but I cannot for the life of me remember a single thing I heard.

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nahh

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Ehhh... liked a couple of songs but this really didn't do anything for me at all.

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If me and my friends decided to become a novelty band that only wrote and performed songs that were meant to parody the absolute forgettable dreck that is Gen-X music in a mocking and dismissive manner, this is the album that we would write.

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Nothing stuck

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Alright, seemed like classic 90s rock but with a particularly off singer.

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A bit raw and unpolished for my taste. See where it could have a draw for many, just not for me. D

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It is indie rock. The album is just there as none of the music really moved the dial, but that's indie rock. It has a little bit of a grunge feeling to it too but that adds up given the 1992 release. I have no desire to listen to the album again.

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So my last album was EVOL by Sonic Youth, and now I've got Pavement, a band that I largely consider to just be an inferior, rural version of Sonic Youth. They're less tuneful, the production is worse, and the Velvet Underground pedigree is just that much more watered down. Pavement exist in a shaky grey area where they aren't heavy enough or poppy enough to appeal to to me one way or the other. It's all just a sloppy grey mess with no dynamics. I have no idea why this band is so highly regarded, nothing stands out to me.

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mmm, molto emo/ragazzo indie

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Not enjoyable.

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Wtf

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Ich verstehe ja vieles nicht, wieso beispielsweise der erste Song dieses Albums in die Rolling Stone Liste der 500 besten Songs aufgenommen wurde. Uninspiriertes, erbärmliches, stellenweise unerträgliches, generisches Garagengeschraddel, das man mit Anfang 20 hinter sich gelassen haben sollte. Ab 'Here' (anderer Produktionsort, auch nicht besser) nur noch durchgeskipt.

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Ten seconds in … gee what decade did this come from? I’m trying I’m trying I’m trying not to just skip tracks This is really where a ten star system is needed. They aren’t as bad as other 1 stars but I feel worse than 2 stars. But I’m trending down on this one.

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Té lo-fi voor mijn smaak. En die zeurderige zang werd me al na 2 nummers teveel.

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Terrible stuff... woeful vocalist, bland songs, and production which sounds it was recorded on a tape recorder.

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not to my taste really

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Not for me.

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Rather hit my head against the pavement

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Not my cup of tea that

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I find Pavement to be very grating. The production feels shot in places, The instrumentation is much louder than the Vocals, and I guess i struggle to hear his voice? not that I really want to any tbh. But I dislike it.

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No me lo tomen a mal, pero no hubiera pasado nada si hubiera seguido sin saber de su existencia. Podría decir que no lo escuché y no ratearlo, pero sí lo escuché.

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Man. I do not ever get the appeal of this. When you sing like Lou Reed you're on borrowed time in my ears. Slacker rock? Is that how to define this? I don't know...at the risk (that I don't care about) of maybe sounding like I'm gatekeeping, at times it sounds like this band isn't even trying. Hence... slacker? I'm not asking for complexity, and in fact some of these songs do have that. But I do have some sort of baseline of composition and this is a goddamn mess. The first song is just flat out dreadful and although it gets a little less-bad, that's the best I can give. 2/10 1 star. I'll never listen to this again.

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I literally tried to block this album from my mind it was terrible the singing was awful and the music was just so bland there were no redeeming qualities

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Ech, no. Not feeling it. Sorry. Can't. There are three listenable tracks on the album, but that doesn't overcome how **unpleasant** it was to listen to the rest. It's okay, I've listened to 125 albums so far and I'd rather listen to at least 124 of them before this one again. It's clearly in the bottom quintile. I accept that there are good reasons this album is here, and know that there are loving fans of it, but they're not my reasons and I am not one of those fans. Now if I could just get a hold of Ferrante & Teicher's Keyboard Kapers...

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Well ... the book says this album sounds "raw". Actually, the sound quality may work as a demo, but not for a finished product. At all. The same is true for the singing, production and song selection. How this made the list is beyond me. 1/5

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Not a fan

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Shite

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Boring droning drivel. Are bad vibrations, going through the air because of rubbish music, the reason for all the shitty things that happen in the world? E.g. every time this album gets played someone gets closer to inventing an even more evil pesticide or invents another stupid product that we don't need. Someone should correlate world events to when albums get released :-(

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Question: What do you get when the singer for the Violent Femmes tries to sound like Beck but instead ends up doing a piss-poor job of sounding like Lou Reed instead? Answer: This crap.

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