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CD REVIEW

Yo La Tengo

Fade

(Matador)

For their acolytes, Yo La Tengo have evolved across almost three decades to assume the status of family rather than phenomenon, etching tender laments from mundane yet extraordinary themes – love, friendship, humanity. The Hoboken trio's 13th studio album cements their position in the hearts of those who yearn for the slow succour of a caress over the sudden thrill of a pinch, comprising 10 gentle songs that mine the sublime blend of quiet noise and classic pop chops that reached its zenith on 1997's I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One. This is deeply soulful music that majors on feel, finesse and femininity. If there's a flaw in the execution it's the placing of Ohm – all juicy jangle, loose funk and unison singing – at the front rather than the back of the queue, prefiguring an upward sequential trajectory that fails to unfold. Cavils aside, though, Fade casts spell upon spell. Submit yourself.

Sean Guthrie

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