Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out 2LPMatador Records
This culturally literate, emotionally rich album has allusions to "The Simpsons," legendary author Thomas Pynchon and myriad independent films, while exploring the many facets of relationships. "Tears Are In Your Eyes" and "Madeline" are prime examples of Georgia Hubley's buttery voice; "The Crying of Lot G" is a '50s ballad. "Our Way To Fall" showcases Ira Kaplan's enigmatic voice against the dreamy backdrop of soft drums and lilting organs. "Everyday" models a plaintive guitar against hushed vocals. It sets the mood of the album, a delightfully somber tone. Meanwhile, "Saturday" and "Cherry Chapstick" are about the unpredictable, full of random piano bursts and chaotic harmonies, promising that this indie rock group has more to deliver than immediately meets the eye-or, more fittingly, the ear. It's an enduring album and an important one.