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Brighten The Corners [Import]

Pavement Audio CD
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9. We Are Underused
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12. Fin

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brightened up Jan. 11 2009
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
"Brighten the Corners" remains Pavement's most settled, accessable rock record, straddling the divide between their cleaner early sound, and the more out-there later work.

But being a transition work doesn't mean that the band eschews their musical sound or their indie roots. Rather, they just polish up the howly vocals and multilayered musical arrangements, and the result is pretty mellow and pleasant -- and while the original album is excellent, the "Nicene Creedence Edition" is a small treasure trove for fans.

It starts off with the intermittently bombastic "Stereo" ("Pigs, they tend to wiggle when they walk/The infrastructure rots/And the owners hate the jocks/With their agents and their dates") before shifting to the mellower "Shady Lane" and uplifted sound of "Transport is Arranged."

A more raw sound enters with the fun rockers "Date with IKEA" and lighthearted "Embassy Road," while a plaintive confusion arrives with "Old to Begin." The remaining songs harken back to their indie roots, with the monotone jazziness of "Blue Hawaiian" and the weirdness of "We Are Underused" and "Passat Dream." It ends on a pretty strong note with the vaguely ominous "Fin," in which Malkmus requests, "I trust you will tell me/if I am making a fool of myself..."

And the "Nicene Creedence Edition" adds plenty of extra stuff to the original -- for instance, thirty-two B-sides. It's obvious why some of them were cut (the jostling, intermittently good "Winner of the"), but several are also solid second-level Pavement songs (the tight, jangly "Roll With the Wind," the kooky Beatlesesque "Birds in the Majic Industry").
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indie pop rock heaven Sept. 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
The most accessible Pavement album full of melody but still has that quirkiness that we all love so much. If you are new to Pavement this is where to start - it is where I did and this is still my favourite to this day (next try Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain).
I can't believe how many people say that this album is Pavement's weakest. I have all of their album's (except for Wowee Zowee - too weird for me) and this is the one that shines above the rest - and that is a huge call. It echoes the melodic genius that appear in Crooked Rain eg Gold Soundz and Cut Your Hair.
You know that feeling you get in your stomach when you hear music that really moves you - this whole album does it for me. The whole album is consistent and must be listened to and appreciated as a whole from the rocking Stereo through to the rip snorting guitar solo finale on Fin - this album is a must have for any rock music fan.
It is a work of a musical genius/s. Buy it now - you won't regret it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Value, Lousy Mastering Dec 27 2008
By jomojomo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I don't know why other reviewers think this sounds good, there is clipping, distortion, and hyper compression. In short, there are all the tell tale signs of loud mastering (see "loudness war" at wikipedia). For those that don't know, most pop rock offerings today try to be as loud as possible so that they will not be out volumed during ipod shuffle play. They do this by making the average volume approach peak volume. This means whispers become as loud as shouts. The end result is degraded sound quality and if you listen to the 1997 version alongside this one on a decent stereo or decent set of headphones, matching the volume levels, you will notice the difference. The new one lacks punch, has poor sounding cymbal crashes, no dynamics, and intermittent distortion. Overall, a poor job of mastering, but it's a good 40% louder than the 1997 version. So if you're thinking of buying this because you want the best sounding version of BTC, don't.

However, there are quite a few extras that are worth listening too, especially if you were lucky enough to score the edition that came with the live LP. I received two discs and one LP for 19.99, great deal. And if you are a long term fan this set is really something you should pick up. The booklet is 60+ pages and contains a few written pieces and lots of great pictures. The quality of the printing and paper isn't up to the previous standards of the last three sets, but compared to what one usually gets with remasters, it's great. The bonus material includes alternate mixes and versions, bbc live in studio material, b-sides, compilation tracks, and outtakes. The extra material is not as strong as say the Slanted & Enchanted luxe & redux stuff, but it is still worth while.

So five stars for the set and 1.5 stars for the mastering = 3.25 overall.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness Dec 9 2008
By Anaximander - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you are a big Pavement fan, you should definately pick up this one. The price is good, the extras plentiful and the remastered sound excellent. If you are new to Pavement and don't own it yet, then buy this expanded edition immediately! The original album has aged very well. From the opener Stereo to closer Fin, it may be their most consistent effort, though not necessarily their most brilliant. It is sort of like a refined version of Wowee Zowee with the most difficult and sloppy parts removed, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your perspective. Either way, I love it for the quality of the melodies, the guitar parts, and the hilarious non-sensical lyrics. The extra songs on this expanded version are hit and miss as is to be expected, but they put this album in its proper context and actually improve the overall impact of the album. I'm not a Pavement B-sides collector so I'd never heard the extra tunes before - taken as a whole the extra songs seem more light-hearted and upbeat than the somewhat deliberate and mellow songs on the original album. There are many good ones here, including Roll With the Wind, And then (the Hexx), Slowly Typed (coutryfied version), No Tan Lines, and the Killing Moon, among others. In short, Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition is an example of how delux reissues should be done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to conquer suburbia Nov. 16 2004
By P. Opus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I tend to think of both "Crooked Rain" and this disc as "suburban," but in opposite ways. "Crooked Rain" is largely about growing up in a suburb, feeling out-of-place amongst the daily scramble, and ultimately finding shelter in some kind of escape (although "Fillmore Jive" shows that rock n roll isn't necessarily the answer either). This one seems to be about returning to the suburbs as an adult, and coming to terms with it even if it isn't ideal. There are interesting cultural references in these songs which make it clear what Malkmus had on his mind or was observing at this time- see song titles like "Date with Ikea" (trendy budget furniture) and "Passat Dream" (trendy budget car).

I find myself reaching for this one first when I delve into my Pavement collection. It's subdued and textured, much less raw than the earlier work, and the songs all meld together into what feels like a story. It's about shady lanes and all that, but it's definitely not McCartney's first solo disc (famed for its feeling of "domestic bliss"). Malkmus is still critical of his surroundings, he's just found a way to come to terms with them. A very unique record and, like all of Pavement's work, necessary for a real understanding of 1990s rock n roll.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i don't care what anyone says- it rocks! May 9 2001
By "amelt" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
what can i say- i love pavement. suffice to say, i didn't really get into them until this album. there is not a bad song to its name, and i find myself singing malkmus' cryptic lyrics from this album more than from any of his others. and if you at least don't find a special place in your heart for "shady lane"- well, then, you're even too cynical for me. stephen malkmus continues to be one of my absolute favorites- even sans pavement with his solo career. he's a genius in the best possible way, and lets you feel like you're in on the joke, too.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm on the stereo! July 26 2004
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Brighten the Corners" remains Pavement's most settled, accessable rock record, but the band doesn't eschew their musical sound or their indie roots. Rather, they just polish up the howly vocals and multilayered musical arrangements, and the result is pretty mellow and pleasant.

It starts off with the intermittently bombastic "Stereo," before shifting to the mellower "Shady Lane" and uplifted sound of "Transport is Arranged." A more raw sound enters with the fun rockers "Date with IKEA" and lighthearted "Embassy Road," while a plaintive confusion arrives with "Old to Begin." The remaining songs harken back to their indie roots, with the monotone jazziness of "Blue Hawaiian" and the weirdness of "We Are Underused" and "Passat Dream." It ends on a pretty strong note with the vaguely ominous "Fin," in which Malkmus requests, "I trust you will tell me/if I am making a fool of myself..."

"Brighten the Corners" serves to connect the lo-fi scratchiness of their early work to a more polished sound. Sure, there are some cries of "sell-out." But Pavement's sound transfers to the smooth studio sound without losing its complexity or raw magic.

The guitar riffs are as good as ever, starting and stopping one moment, and whirling around Malkmus's vocals the next; the percussion is a solid backdrop. There are also some coy beepy-bleepy snatches of mellotron, as well as what sounds like a wavery flute, giving a feeling of vague vulnerability to the lost-soul-type songs.

Malkmus will never sing in the opera, but his soulful monotone is wonderfully well-suited to the music. The songs themselves have a certain feeling of confusion, as if the world is bewildering and chaotic. "I heard what you said/the leaders are dead/now they're robbing the skies/you can hear the followers cry..."

Pavement was still in solid form in "Brighten the Corners." While it may not be the best, the mix of complex rock and thoughtful singing is enough to make it another budding classic by Pavement.
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