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Crooked Rain Crooked Rain

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  • Audio CD (March 3 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00000JH3F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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1. Silence Kit
2. Elevate Me Later
3. Stop Breathin
4. Cut Your Hair
5. Newark Wilder
6. Unfair
7. Gold Sounds
8. 5-4=Unity
9. Range Life
10. Heaven Is A Truck
11. Hit The Plane Down
12. Fillmore Jive

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Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain was released in 1994. With this album, the band abandoned the lo-fi sound displayed on Slanted and Enchanted (as well as their drummer, Gary Young). During the tour for Slanted, the band added percussionist Bob Nastanovich and bassist Mark Ibold; partway through this album's recording sessions, Gary Young was replaced by Steve West. The album featured the band at its most easily accessible, and the single "Cut Your Hair" was Pavement’s closest brush with mainstream success.


On their second full-length album (not counting a compilation of early singles and EPs), Pavement emerge from the noisy clang and clutter to reveal the once-hidden songcraft and passion that made their previous recordings so mysteriously fascinating. The mystery may have receded on Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, but the fascination increases, for this album confirms what we only suspected before: Pavement are a great rock & roll band. The two Stockton, California, slackers who founded the band in 1989 have mastered the pop alchemy of transforming the collision of impatient youthful desires and a hostile world into aching, melodic vocals and driving, melodic guitar riffs. The band's cofounders use an element of suspense to illustrate just how fragile romantic optimism really is. When Steve Malkmus yearns for a human connection in his suburban community ("Silence Kid," "Range Life") or in the alternative-rock scene ("Cut Your Hair," "Fillmore Jive"), the elegant melodies let us know that the yearning is unironic, while the unstable guitars let us know the prospects are bleak. On the album's last song, they bid "good-night to the rock & roll era" even as they're giving it a new lease on life. --Geoffrey Himes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Audio CD
Over the past 2 years, Stephen Malkmus work with both Pavement and the Jicks has become a staple in my music collection. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain is no exception.
1. Silence Kit: Starts off meandering, then turns into a steady, anthemic, pop-rock song.
2. Elevate Me Later: Your standard indie-pop song, with trademark Malkmus lyricism "...range roving cinema stars, I wouldn't want to shake their hands cause they're in such a high-protein land."
3. Stop Breathin: Didn't like this track at first, but now I love it. Dark, slow, with a fantastically simple and memorable chorus.
4. Cut Your Hair: This more of the same fun, catchy, pop rock, with a blatantly sarcastic Stephen Malkmus poking fun at the music industry.
5. Newark Wilder: Sounds kinda like filler. Too soft with not much flow or substance.
6. Unfair: High energy, punky song with another fantastic, sing along chorus.
7. Gold Soundz: One of my favorites. The songs bounces and rolls along steadily with heartfelt melodies and obscure lyrics.
8. 5-4=Unity: Quirky, odd instrumental ditty. Another one of my favorites.
9. Range Life: My personal favorite. Five minutes of folky, soft-spoken, pop rock. Malkmus comes down to earth on this song's lyrics for a change, and what we hear is Malkmus pondering about his life and the world he lives in.
10. Heaven is a truck: Filler. Nothing special here.
11. Hit the plane down: I guess this was their shot at playing something harder than usual, but it's strange, cause this song fails, but they had it right on Unfair only 5 tracks earlier.
12. Filmore Jive: Slow, spaced out. Decent song if you can actual immerse yourself in it, which is kind of difficult.
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Format: Audio CD
Well, I walked into a Tower Records in Chicago one day and picked up this album, Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth and the Up on the Sun by the Meat Puppets. While I adored the other two, this one instantly became my favorite. It took no getting used to for me as Slanted did. I loved the calm, lazy, slacker melodies that inhabit the entirety of CRCR. It's so tuneful, but yet it doesn't feel like shameful alt/pop. The charm of this record is that Pavement's signature looseness/sloppiness somehow never becomes annoying or unpleasant to the ear. There's not one song I don't like on this record but I have to say that even though Cut Your Hair, Gold Soundz, and Fillmore Jive are all awesome songs I think that Newark Wilder is an extremely underrated track and it has a really unique melody with a vivid, relaxing psychedelic quality (quite trippy, I must say) to it that calls for repeated listens. It is on my list of favorite songs ever.
Pavement hails from Stockton, California and so the whole record has a really hazy "Californian" feel to it that would probably be enhanced while under the influence of cannibis and staring intently at a lava lamp. That may or may not be related to the fact that any baby boomer could swear "Range Life" was a Creedence song.
If you are looking to get into Pavement I would buy this album first, because I think it is instantly likable and probably will not take as many repeated listens to get used to like some of Pavement's more experimental endeavors require. Enjoy!
PS... If you ever plan on going to California (or already live there) this album needs to go with you!
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Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain seems to take on the notion that to understand the slacker generation, they'd have to recreate them sonically. For a while, that creates the four best songs the band has ever made, coming immediately at the record, climaxing with "Cut Your Hair," an anti-alternative anthem that accidentally hits the nail on the head. The rest of the album is good enough, but lags into sloppiness willfully - which is fine enough for a concept, but gets rote to listen to (the band seems to be falling asleep themselves in "Heaven is a Truck"). Still, the cry of "I need to sleep" that closes the record carries weight, and it's because, for the most part, Pavement's slackerdom applies to concept only, not to musicianship and production.
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By A Customer on March 8 2006
Format: Audio CD
Seriously kids, I don't know where any of you were in the 90's but it's 2006 and this album still beats the s**t out of anything I have heard from the genre in recent years.
I bought this album on a whim (never heard the band) and went home to lie down (shortly after a serious car accident and many pain killers). I let the CD play through about 7 times then I finally had to shut it off.
For real - listen to this album and you will realize why the name PAVEMENT was dropped by so many great artists of the late 90's - tough on the ears at first but chock full of staying power in the long run, which is what really matters. This album will always remain in my top 10 of all time.
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