Why Yo La Tengo's 'This Stupid World' Could Be Your New Favorite Album
The latest release by the indie-rock stalwarts is both timely and timeless.
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There are two sides to Yo La Tengo. Both are very good sides.
The first is quiet, contemplative Yo La Tengo. That’s the one we’ve seen the most of in recent years. Sometimes haunting and/or listless, other times endearing. Occasionally, like on tracks like Looney Tunes, a sonic lazy river that seemingly stretches forever.
The second is rocking Yo la Tengo. Sometimes it’s vaguely menacing, as with tracks like Shaker. The sound is locomotive. I’ll also include their poppier side and impeccable taste in picking covers here.
Either way, they’re giving us straight rippers with Kaplan barely in control, playing like one of those inflatable wavy guys you see at low-rent used car lots.
Instead of a specific direction, they just chose ‘em all