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  • Audio CD (June 23, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00000JH3F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,376 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pavement is probably one of the most talented bands out there today.
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Truly one of the best albums to emerge from the 1990's, Pavement's Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain took the unique sound of Slanted and Enchanted and made it fuller.
This is really just a well rounded album with touches of everything in it.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Photograph 7 on February 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
1. Silence Kit

"Conduit For Sale!" was music for driving through the one-story cement chain stores of America. "Silence Kit" is music for cruising down Highway 1, cliffs on your left and the Pacific Ocean on your right.

2. Elevate Me Later

Yet another "girl left me and moved to Los Angeles" song, but Pavement does it with more poetry than, say, Reel Big Fish's "She's Famous Now". Some great lyrics in here: "Does he sleep with electric guitars/Range roving with the cinema stars/And I wouldn't want to shake their hands/Because they're on such a high-protein plan/And there's 40 different shades of black/So many fortresses and ways to attack"

3. Stop Breathin'

A slow song about death. Weird lyrics. Not great, not bad.

4. Cut Your Hair

Pavement's only "hit" song. Definately more pop than what you'd find on Slanted and Enchanted and Wowee Zowee, but the lyrics are definately Malkmusian. Speaks of people's shallow judgement of music, referencing how before they got big, all anyone talked about was their hippie drummer's long hair.

5. Newark Wilder

Creepy, uneasy jazz. You could see Christopher Walken walking through a rainy city on his way to kill somebody to this song.

6. Unfair

A song declaring Northern California's supremacy over Southern California over distorted punkish guitars, comparing our Shasta Gulch and Tahoe Lake to their "manmade deltas and concrete rivers". Sort of a continuation of Slanted's "Two States".

7. Gold Soundz

In a sort of pre-emo song, Malkmus sings of angst and self-loathing over heartfelt guitars with an intelligence and way with words that a modern emo band like Death Cab For Cutie could never duplicate.

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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Davy on July 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
i was asked once what my favorite pavement songs were...

there are some pavement songs which fit certain moods *perfectly*, and at those times, i don't have a choice but to count them as my favorites. for instance...i was in new york a few springs ago, spending the evening with the girl i'd had a brief-yet-effective romance with the summer before. she was there with a guy; i was there with two other girls, mutual friends. the five of us were in an underground, literal-hole-in-the-wall-type bar, tucked away inside a subway station at 50th street (i think). the bar was called siberia, and was a total punk/russian (prussian?) paradise. every light bulb was red, and there was writing on every inch of the walls and tables. the lone bathroom stall had a gaping three foot hole busted out of the wall on one side, through which you could see only blackness. the sofas had long ago collapsed on their stumpy legs and fallen to the sticky floor, where they laid dejected and off-balance. cushions were missing and the beer was extremely expensive. i got drunk and watched drunk on the beer and the nostalgia both, pressed myself into a musty corner of the couch, and after a while, closed my eyes. there was a jukebox. it was the brightest and biggest thing in the whole place. it had "crooked rain, crooked rain" in it. i played "fillmore jive," wallowed in its brilliant decadence...i played it again then got up and roamed around manhattan for 5 hours. alone and happy.

that night, "fillmore jive" was my favorite pavement song.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Every once in a while an album comes along that makes you completely rethink the way you listen to music. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain is that album, and in one word-Perfection! From the opening jangly guitars of Silence Kit to the feedback sputtering finale of Filmore Jive, Pavement orchestrates what may be the greatest rock record of all time. Steve Malkamus' Lyrics are sharp and sarcastic, yet they evoke strong nostalgic feelings of good times and lazy summers. "Range Life" is the kind of song that makes you long for the worryless days of youth when life was so simple, and is easily one of the best Pavement songs ever written. Every note on this record is so well placed yet it always retains a feeling of looseness and improvisation. At times it almost feels like Malkamus could crack up laughing at his own offbeat lyrics (heaven is a truck, it got stuck)and he even takes a few jabs at pop music icons like the Smashing Pumkins and STP. Crooked Rain is fresh, polished and full of indie attitude, and would definitely be the one CD I would grab if the house caught fire. If you don't own it yet... Go get it! You won't be disappointed!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Kroh on April 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was in Florida on vacation the day Kurt Cobain shot himself. I remember staring out into the ocean trying to understand why he would do such a thing. Later that night I saw the video for 'Cut Your Hair' and my world shifted ever so slightly. I bought this record on the recommendation of a friend who was an avid ministry fan. I'm not sure how or why he knew about it but I owe him big time. The thing is when I got this record I hated the sh*t out of it. It was terrible, the worst music ever, oh my god, my allowance for the year...WASTED. But somehow I kept listening and slowly it crept in between my synapses and has been blocking the flow of relevant thoughts ever since. When you listen to the music you feel filled with sad beams of sunlight. You are traveling across the desert with an ex-girlfriend to drop her off in a different city. But you are strangely at peace with this and you are angry in a fun way. You want to f*ck s*it up...melodically. Gold Soundz, Fillmore Jive, Elevate Me Slowly, Unfair, Range Life, and Silence Kit are all brilliant individually. The rest of the songs are essential to make the album whole. This is my favorite album of all time.
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