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#92 Slanted and Enchanted – Pavement (1992)


Track Listing:

1. Summer Babe (Winter Version)
2. Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite At :17
3. No Life Singed Her
4. In The Mouth A Desert
5. Conduit For Sale!
6. Zurich Is Stained
7. Chelsey’s Little Wrists
8. Loretta’s Scars
9. Here
10. Two States
11. Perfume-V
12. Fame Throwa
13. Jackals, False Grails: The Lonesome Era
14. Our Singer

So the last few days I’ve been listening to Pavement’s debut album. This again is an album that I have never listened to before.

The production first of all is very lo-fi which isn’t a great surprise considering that Pavement are considered to be the pioneers of lo-fi alternative rock.  The result is an incredibly raw sound.  It sounds like it was recorded in a garage with cheap equipment, which for me adds to the charm of the band.  These songs really would lose something if they were given the shiny production treatment.

My favourite song on the album is ‘Here’, a lovely tender song in which the guitar caresses along and the bass gives a gentle push. The lyrics are mostly pretty cryptic but the following lyric stayed with me:-

“Are they the only ones who laugh?
At the jokes when they are so bad
And the jokes are always bad
But they’re not as bad as this.”

It’s just an album that was written informally by friends who probably weren’t expecting it to be successful.  I’m sure they would probably laugh at the thought of a guy from England in his 30s reviewing it 25 years later from it’s release in 1992.

Pavement have inspired many bands over the years, Stephen Malkmus’ vocal reminds me of Tim Wheeler of Ash; what he lacks in vocal ability he certainly makes up for with style.

Musically, Blur pretty much made an album around the sound from the outro of Trigger Cut /Wounded Kite at :17. Good album it was too their eponymous album released in 1998.

Sorry, it feels like this review hasn’t been particularly revealing, but I do recommend listening to it, let me know what you think.