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I'm Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
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Album: I'm Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
# Song Title   Time
1)    Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind
2)    Beanbag Chair
3)    I Feel Like Going Home
4)    Mr. Tough
5)    Black Flowers
6)    Race is On Again, The
7)    Room Got Heavy, The
8)    Sometimes I Don't Get You
1)    Daphnia
2)    I Should Have Known Better
3)    Watch Out For Me Ronnie
4)    Weakest Part, The
5)    Song For Mahila
6)    Point and Shoot
7)    Story of Yo La Tango, The
 

Album: I'm Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
# Song Title   Time
1)    Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind
2)    Beanbag Chair
3)    I Feel Like Going Home
4)    Mr. Tough
5)    Black Flowers
6)    Race is On Again, The
7)    Room Got Heavy, The
8)    Sometimes I Don't Get You
1)    Daphnia
2)    I Should Have Known Better
3)    Watch Out For Me Ronnie
4)    Weakest Part, The
5)    Song For Mahila
6)    Point and Shoot
7)    Story of Yo La Tango, The
 
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  • With 2006's cheekily titled I AM NOT AFRAID OF YOU AND I WILL BEAT YOUR ASS, the beloved indie-rock trio Yo La Tengo presents a dynamic set of songs that echo the band's past, while notably downplaying the soporific atmospherics of preceding discs (the lauded AND THEN NOTHING and SUMMER SUN). The New Jersey-based group opens with "Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind," a feedback-drenched guitar workout anchored by pulsing, insistent rhythms, which is followed by the jaunty "Beanbag Chair," a charming pop ditty that percolates under Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley's breezy vocals. Other highlights of this eclectic record include the beautifully orchestral "Black Flowers" and "The Room Got Heavy," a quirky electro tune. Essentially a well-chosen crossroads for most of Yo La Tengo's various stylistic paths, I AM NOT AFRAID distills the ensemble's decades-long history into a willfully varied and always-engaging album.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.68) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "They begin and end the album with high-energy psychedelic guitar trances that break the ten-minute barrier without dragging for a second."

Rolling Stone (p.107) - Ranked #36 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "[T]his is the most effortlessly spectacular music Yo La Tengo have made in years."

Spin (p.105) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Ira Kaplan's crew opts for diversity, flitting gracefully from ornery psychobilly to falsetto soul to twinkling folk rock."

Entertainment Weekly (p.72) - "[T]he palette's expanded; horn arrangements and lonely strings spike their familiar bass-drum-guitar-keyboard mix, and they even pull off some vintage R&B moves." -- Grade: A

Uncut (p.134) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here are passages of gorgeous dreampop, splintering rock and space-drone, culminating in the epic 'The Story Of Yo La Tengo'..."

Alternative Press (p.190) - "Two freakouts neatly bookend some of the most winsome songs ever recorded by the trio. Clearly, Yo La Tengo aren't aging gracefully -- just abnormally well."

Magnet (p.110) - "Jubilant brass-backed jams rub shoulders with various staples of the YLT stable: heartrending harmonizers, jazz/pop parfaits and droning, palindromic bookends that never want to end..."

The Wire (p.64) - "Yo La Tengo know how to craft the classic pop song, but they're also keyed in to the world of jazz and rock improvisation, utilising both armouries with equal efficacy."

CMJ (p.43) - "Drummer Georgia Hubley's twee musings subsequently make the perfect complement to her husband/frontman Ira Kaplan's brown-acid, WHITE ALBUM lullabies."
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