I CAN HEAR THE HEART BEATING AS ONE - Yo La Tengo
TRACK LISTING: Return To Hot Chicken, Moby Octopad, Sugarcube, Damage, Deeper Into Movies, Shadows, Stockholm Syndrome, Autumn Sweater, Little Honda, Green Arrow, One PM Again, The Lie and How We Told It, Center of Gravity, Spec Bebop, We're an American Band, My Little Corner of the World
IMPRESSIONS: Love and romance. Love and romance. Generally considered one of the finest albums of the 1990s and certainly a career high for the Hoboken band. Spin's Robert Christgau called the first nine songs "perfect" with "Autumn Sweater" as the "very peak" of the album. This is certainly one of those quintessential 90s albums which immediately evoke that time for me. It's somewhat discombobulating to realize that music like this was all over the radio not that long ago and would never have a chance to be heard today. Perhaps that's why I don't listen to the radio anymore. There's quite a variety of sound on this album: the quiet guitar-strumming of "Shadows", the Hammond Organ demonstrator sound of "Center of Gravity", the ambient instrumental "Green Arrow" and the fuzz-drone of "We're an American Band" which evokes everything from Bongwater to the Byrd's "Eight Miles High" to My Bloody Valentine. A delicious album.
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: Return To Hot Chicken, Moby Octopad, Sugarcube, Damage, Shadows, Stockholm Syndrome, Autumn Sweater, Little Honda, Green Arrow, One PM Again, The Lie and How We Told It, Center of Gravity, We're An American Band
FACT SHEET: I CAN HEAR THE HEART BEATING AS ONE is Yo La Tengo's eighth album. "Little Honda" is a Beach Boys cover written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love. My Little Corner of the World is an Anita Bryant cover written by Bob Hilliard and Lee Pockriss.