Crooked Rain Crooked Rain
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a great heavy-duty vinyl pressing. I've now owned this on three formats and this is the best! Very happy with the price also.Published on June 13 2014 by Jon G
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.
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