The Belle Jar- Union Station
Mar 5, 2014
Not much else needs to be said. They’re your favorite band’s favorite band.
They’re lo-fi and hi-fi and abstract and catchy and slow and fast, and they’re back after a decade of reissues and deluxe editions with a tour and Quarantine The Past, the most anticipated greatest hits collection the indie world has ever seen.
Their ten-year stint as a band (1989-1999) left them on top of the world, every alternative music journalist’s darling and pet—the band to which every successive band would get compared.
The band’s five studio albums, Slanted And Enchanted (1992), Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994), Wowee Zowee (1995), Brighten The Corners (1997), and Terror Twilight (1999), are all endeared as some of the best of the 1990s, and no critic seems to be backing away from that claim at any point in the near future.
The track order for this compilation is not chronological; it’s not a history of the band. The album is simply a retrospective, an introduction. Some of the songs were singles. Some were deep album cuts. All are remastered and essential.
Basically, no self-proclaimed ‘hipster’ or ‘music snob’ could ever be validated without a comprehensive knowledge of Pavement. Here’s a start.
Check out the band's video for "Stereo" from Brighten The Corners: