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And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out Import

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  • Audio CD (Dec 2 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Select Distributions
  • ASIN: B00004C4OA
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews
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1. Everyday
2. Our Way To Fall
3. Saturday
4. Let's Save Tony Orlando's House
5. Last Days Of Disco
6. The Crying Of Lot G
7. You Can Have It All
8. Tears Are In Your Eyes
9. Cherry Chapstick
10. From Black To Blue
11. Madeline
12. Tired Hippo
13. Night Falls On Hoboken

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Since starting out with a brand of folky garage-rock that owed as much to love (of bands like NRBQ and the Flamin' Groovies) as it did aptitude, Yo La Tengo have come a long way. And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out completes the transformation that the band began on Electr-o-Pura and continued with I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One; the Hoboken, New Jersey trio is now more of an experimental, dreamy rock band with an interest in sounds and an aptitude for textures. Moving away from Ira Kaplan's guitar, the band now often coalesces around wistful keyboards ("Our Way to Fall", "The Crying of Lot G") and gently loping loops ("Let's Save Tony Orlando's House", "You Can Have It All"); things do pick up now and again, and there is--as always--one genuine guitar freak-out. Over time, the husband-and-wife team of Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, together with James McNew, have gradually stopped imitating and paying homage to their forebears; here, they're meandering off in their own direction, taking their sweet time about it. For YLT, the journey is more important than the destination--and it's a beautiful day for a walk. --Randy Silver

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By A Customer on May 12 2003
Format: Audio CD
Sigh. As an old-school YLT fan, I have to say that I find ATNTIIO to be a disappointment. Now mind you, it does have a great deal to offer: the only known song derived from a Simpsons line ("Let's Save Tony Orlando's House"), several shy but sweet love songs (the best of which is "Our Way to Fall"), the amazing "Tear Are In Your Eyes" (one of their five best songs, I think), and the cheerful, hard-rocking Sonic Youth tribute "Cherry Chapstick." Even the standard long song, the seventeen-minute "Night Falls on Hoboken," is better than the annoying "Spec Bebop" from the previous record. And yet still, I find myself consistently listening to only five or six songs from this record. What's the problem? I'm not sure. It can't be that the rock & roll quotient has decreased, although it has; "Cherry Chapstick" is the only raver to be found. But a band of YLT's skill can work around that easily. Nor is it an increased reliance on keyboards and electronic percussion, though I do miss the rawness of, say, "Electr-O-Pura." Ultimately, I think what I'm missing is the tunefulness. Tunefulness and pop hooks have been key weapons in YLT's arsenal since day one, and it hurts to hear such sloppy tuneless tracks as "Saturday" or "Last Days of Disco" from them. The singing, never YLT's strong suit (although not a weak point either) has regressed to Ira mumbling and Georgia whispering; what's the point of writing better lyrics (as YLT are) if you can barely hear them? And finally, this record needs editing. Seventy seven minutes is just too long. "Night Falls on Hoboken" could be six minutes shorter without losing much, and of the three other six-plus minute songs, only "Cherry Chapstick" holds my interest throughout its length. "Painful" and "Electr-o-Pura" showed that Ira, Georgia, and James were great editors, but they seem to have forgotten that step this time around. This is worth owning, just as any YLT album is, but it's also one of their weakest efforts.
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I think the very first time I heard this album it was very good. I remember thinking "hey this is pretty cool and catchy." Now I find after repeated listenings that is merely average, still better than most other bands but its not "great!". I really like LETS SAVE TONY ORLANDO's HOUSE, YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL, CHERRY CHAPSTICK, MADELINE, and TIRED HIPPO. The rest of the songs are too minimal or depressingly boring. This is not to say I dont like either of these styles of music but the way its used here is not really hypnotic or interesting enough to get me to listen to them all the time.
Its like they're trying to be too emoey, arty, aand cutsey, but I guess this is the essence of Yo La Tengo anyway and maybe I'm not really a hard core fan.
The first few minutes of NIGHT FALLS ON HOBOKEN is also alright but it just putters out, not really like the VU SISTER RAY at all in my opinion not near as trance enducing.
I do kind of like one of the first 3 songs a bit too but I can't remember which one they all sound the same.
And while I am a big fan of sad music TEARS ARE IN YOUR EYES, CRYING OF LOT G, and FROM BLACK TO BLUE are not depressingly in a good way but in a bad blandy way.
Oh well its still better than THE STROKES, B.R.M.C., BADLY DRAWN BOY, and the latest SPIRITUALIZED album.
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Usually, using the words 'mellow', 'laid-back' and 'drones' in a rock review conjures up images of Phish fans sitting around in the back of a windowless van eating Cherry Garcia ice cream and swapping puffs off a strategically-modified empty can of Yoo-Hoo. And, hey, maybe 'And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out' will serve as the soundtrack to just such a scene, but the genius of the record is that it'll appeal just as much to hip indie rock fans as well. "Nothing" serves as a fine companion-listen to The Flaming Lips' "The Soft Bulletin", in that it is a record attuned to the everyday lives of human beings, while remaining defiantly experimental. As The Oklahoman Lips ponder the connections between folding laundry and existential angst, YLT from NJ are content bringing space rock to awkward cocktail parties.
"Everyday" and "Saturday" are basically cut from the same cloth: spooky, hushed vocals over robo-Moe drumbeats, with sparse bits of noise added to the background. Sterling Morrison once said that the VU song 'Venus in Furs' could've been about anything; it was the droning, monotonous sound of the beast, not the subject matter, that frightened 60's listeners. YLT prove that he was not entirely wrong.
"Our Way to Fall", "Last Days of Disco", "The Crying of Lot G" and "From Black to Blue" feature Ira Kaplan singing/narrating the arc of a relationship, from hooking up to breaking up and beyond. His voice has that ghostly quality that allows his experiences to become that of the listener, even as his lyrics are too case-specific to be universal.
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Great great album, and being my first taste of Yo La Tengo, it makes me want to buy more (and if i wasn't centered on so many different musicians, mainly the bizarro acts from Tzadik, as well as trying to get my own stuff recorded, I'd buy more)...
THe title fits it perfectly. It starts out from virtually nothing, with the scarce otherworldly guitar harmonics and softspoken vocals of "Everyday" slowly detailing a secret love story; "Our Way To Fall" continue the trek from silence to full-blasting brilliance as the lead singers pontificate passing glances and love at first site, when "Saturday" comes around the relationship gets more confused and spacious like caught in ineffable bliss, and by "Let's Save Tony Orlando's House" things are thrown into a boombastic hummable rush with soul tingling organs and mildly deviant lyrics...
...From that point, the songs intertwine between soft, sometimes sorrowful sometimes introspective lunar sways and pick-you-off-your-feet highlights (the only real rock song is "Cherry Chapstick", which sounds like Dirty-era Sonic Youth, it's wonderful as well)...the last 2 tracks finish off the mood well, "Tired Hippo" with its creepy keyboards and suspenseful drum machines and "Night Falls On Hoboken" with its 17 minute meandering blur thru beachy undergrounds, almost like a second by second description of the sun going down over a beach or something more mysterious...
Overall, a mesmerizing and beautiful catalog in their probably vast collection. Great for driving thru the numerous worlds of beauty that lie in universal twilight...
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