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I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
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Album: I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One (2LP)
# Song Title   Time
1)    Return To Hot Chicken More Info...
2)    Moby Octopad More Info...
3)    Sugarcube More Info...
4)    Damage More Info...
5)    Deeper Into Movies More Info...
6)    Shadows More Info...
7)    Stockholm Syndrome More Info...
8)    Autumn Sweater More Info...
9)    Little Honda More Info...
10)    Green Arrow More Info...
11)    One PM Again More Info...
12)    The Lie And How We Told It More Info...
13)    Center Of Gravity More Info...
14)    Spec Bebop More Info...
15)    We're An American Band More Info...
16)    My Little Corner Of The World More Info...
 

Album: I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One (2LP)
# Song Title   Time
1)    Return To Hot Chicken More Info...
2)    Moby Octopad More Info...
3)    Sugarcube More Info...
4)    Damage More Info...
5)    Deeper Into Movies More Info...
6)    Shadows More Info...
7)    Stockholm Syndrome More Info...
8)    Autumn Sweater More Info...
9)    Little Honda More Info...
10)    Green Arrow More Info...
11)    One PM Again More Info...
12)    The Lie And How We Told It More Info...
13)    Center Of Gravity More Info...
14)    Spec Bebop More Info...
15)    We're An American Band More Info...
16)    My Little Corner Of The World More Info...
 
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  • Yo La Tengo: Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, James McNew.
  • Additional personnel: Al Perkins (lap steel & pedal steel guitars); Jonathan Marx (trumpet).
  • Recorded at House Of David, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • New Jersey indie rockers Yo La Tengo had already been slowly growing into their sound for over a decade by the 1997 release of their revelational eighth album, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One. Their guitar-based pop was steadily finding its legs before this, as the band moved toward increasingly dreamy productions on albums like Painful and Electr-O-Pura. The 16 tracks that made up the ambitious and epic I Can Hear the Heart found the group stretching out their whispery vocals and deceptively straightforward pop approach to encompass a variety of unexpected styles. This meant softly wandering guitars and steadfast drums twisted out of their indie rock trappings and morphed into adventurous Krautrock jams like "Spec Bebop," haunting, harmony-driven psych-folk like "We're an American Band," and even a playfully naive take on bossa nova with "Center of Gravity." As for the blissed-out melodic noise pop Yo La Tengo had been working on for the majority of their existence, this was one of the band's finest hours. Propulsive rockers like "Sugarcube" and a particularly feedback-laden reading of the Beach Boys' "Little Honda" offered Ira Kaplan a fantastic platform for his often dialed-down guitar playing to break into the manic territory he would explore in live settings. These more unhinged moments were counterpointed with hypnotic electronic grooves like "Autumn Sweater" and glowing instrumentals like the Santo & Johnny-channeling "Green Arrow." The album ends with its only other cover tune, a head-clearingly simple take on Anita Bryant's singsongy bubblegum tune "My Little Corner of the World." Sung by drummer Georgia Hubley in her most Moe Tucker-esque performance, the song gently sets the album back down to earth following the dizzying detours and shifts of the last hour. While the band turned in standout albums before and after, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One announced itself as a definitive master statement. The subtly shifting moods and wide, curious palette of stylistic exploration resulted in a lasting indie rock classic, essential listening and also something of a blueprint for much of what followed from like-minded bands for years to come. ~ Fred Thomas
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.65) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."

Rolling Stone (5/1/97, pp.50-52) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...Yo La Tengo maintain a tension between aural deconstruction and sharp songwriting. The album has its share of perfect pop songs....HEART proves that Yo La Tengo can master nearly any pop style..."

Spin (9/99, p.158) - Ranked #78 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."

Spin (1/98, p.86) - "Ranked #8 on Spin's list of the "Top 20 Albums Of The Year."

Spin (6/97, pp.118-119) - 9 (out of 10) - "...this is a band that not only delves into their vast record collection but figures out what makes their faves tick; and their tickers beat as one..."

Entertainment Weekly (5/2/97, p.56) - "...confirms what their last few albums have intimated: They've become our best old-school indie-rock band....Their muted, after-hours guitar drone is in full effect. But splashes of piano or acoustic guitar add depth and airiness to the songs..." - Rating: A-

Q (6/97, p.140) - "...16 examples of Nashville-recorded, dreamy pop sleight-of-hand..."

Option (5-6/97, p.89) - "...influences ranging from Jobim and '60s French pop to the Jesus & Mary Chain and the Beach Boys...bound by occasional dollops of greasy feedback....YLT fully indulges its desire to make noise, bridging the drone gap between '60s VU and '90s Tortoise..."

Melody Maker (4/19/97, p.52) - "This album is a long journey. It has the stretch of distance covered and the domestic intimacy of sitting in a small space and watching things go by the window..."

Village Voice (2/24/98) - Ranked #5 in the Village Voice's 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.

Billboard (p.36) - "[L]ovely and catchy in its mix of shoegazer drone and pop."

NME (Magazine) (12/20-27/97, pp.78-79) - Ranked #19 in NME's 1997 Critics' Poll.

NME (Magazine) (4/19/97, p.44) - "...I CAN HEAR THE HEART BEATING AS ONE is wonderfully sprawling and diverse, with a rock curator's attention to detail and the odd in-joke thrown in....An impressive mixture of curiousness and guile, all told...."
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