It's the secret dream of everyone who ever picked up a guitar and poured his or her heart into music: to one day appear on a baseball card.
What you see here, ladies and gentlemen, is Pavement's peak in their climb toward mainstream success.
Pavement always had this certain quality, like they could've been your buddy's band, except way better.
Twenty-two years ago today, Pavement released one of indie-rock's most defining albums, 'Slanted and Enchanted.'
‘Slanted and Enchanted’ made Pavement one of indie rock’s coolest underground bands.
Following 1994’s milestone ‘Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain’ album, Pavement were at a crucial point in their career. They became music snobs’ favorite new band thanks to the fractured art-rock and lyrical/musical discord of their 1992 debut album, ‘Slanted and Enchanted.’ But then they surprised everyone with a set of songs with super-catchy melodies that, gulp, sounded an awful lot like pop music on ‘Crooked Rain.’ They countered that a year later when they made ‘Wowee Zowee,’ their most messed-up and demanding album.
Pavement’s last album, 1999’s ‘Terror Twilight,’ sounds like a last album. Their previous record, 1997’s ‘Brighten the Corners,’ was a return, after the stoned and cold experimentalism of ‘Wowee Zowee,’ to the sharp songcraft and tight turns the band navigated on 1994’s ‘Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain.’ ‘Terror Twilight,’ their fifth album, is all hands-in-the-air giving up, a sign that the group had run its course and there was not much, if anything, left to say.
Before Pavement’s debut album, ‘Slanted and Enchanted,’ came out on April 20, 1992, the band had already released a handful of EPs and a single.
Everyone agrees that Pavement’s 1992 debut album, ‘Slanted and Enchanted,’ is a milestone record in the history of indie rock, an undisputed classic, one of the few original works of the past quarter century, blah blah blah. But ‘Slanted’’s follow-up, ‘Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain,’ is the better album, a tuneful exercise in noise-rock restraint and myth crumbling.
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No band is an island. The best songwriters tend to be sponge-like soaker-uppers of music, film, fine art, literature and other forms of culture, be they popular or obscure, and these influences often find their way into the music, helping listeners branch out and develop new interests. W