And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out Import
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
"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.Read 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...
Most recent customer reviews
A quiet, melancholic and gripping record, "And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out" is a solid and convincing effort from one of the most compelling bands of the... Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by gonn1000
I've had this record for a while, so I can't remember If I wrote a review or not, but anyway---listening to again, and it's always lovely each time. Read morePublished on May 1 2004 by S. R Robertson
I would have to say that this is the best release by Yo La Tengo. I won't waste anybodys time explaining my thoughts, but all I will say is that Yo La Tengo got it right when they... Read morePublished on April 27 2004
If you're going to buy anything put out by Yo La Tengo, buy this album. YLT has changed and evolved their music with every album they have put out. Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by Keith
My bloody valentine perfected the shoegazer movement in 1991 so lets all forget about it and move on right? Wrong. Read morePublished on Dec 17 2003 by Matthew Gross
Yo La Tengo's 2000 release "And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out" is their shining moment. Read morePublished on March 19 2003 by Jeff Beal
This is Yo La Tengo at their most calm and dark. The creativity process of this band is incredibly! Again, they showed to the world that creativity can be a constant in music. Read morePublished on July 19 2002 by Joao A.S.A. Botelho
I bought this CD on a whim, based on a 30 second snippet I heard on a PBS promo. This was one of those times when acting on a whim paid off really big. Read morePublished on May 23 2002