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Electr-O-Pura

Yo La TengoAudio Cassette
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)


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Fade is the most direct, personal and cohesive album of Yo La Tengo's career. Recorded with John McEntire at Soma Studios in Chicago, it recalls the sonic innovation and lush cohesion of career high points like 1997‘s I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One and 2000’s …And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out. The album is a tapestry of fine melody and elegant noise, ... Read more in Amazon's Yo La Tengo Store

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  • Audio Cassette (March 25, 1997)
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B00000581W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drop out for an hour...or five February 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
While some albums can grab you and beat you over the head with their brilliance upon first listen, others take more time to appreciate, slowly revealing new details with each listen until you're fully able to grasp their entirety. "Electr-O-Pura," however, is that rare album that manages to do both. The day after getting this album I played it five times in a row straight through, and I've only become more addicted to it since. To say it's like a drug would probably be an understatement: I doubt there's a drug out there with a pull this strong. I thought Sonic Youth were the masters of the guitar-driven noise-rock soundscape, but until you've heard Yo La Tengo you don't know the half of it.
The array of mind-bending guitar sounds that Ira Kaplan creates is nothing short of staggering, but his endless creativity and dizzying technical proficiency are only the beginning of what makes this such a great album. "Electr-O-Pura" is more about texture than anything else, as guitars, voices, and rhythm section intertwine, all the sounds dancing around each other without any ever achieving supremacy. Instead, the elements all coalesce to form some of the most sublime, fascinating sounds that a rock band has ever produced. I know I may not be doing the best job of describing it, but one listen to the jaw-dropping "The Ballad Of Red Buckets" should nicely illustrate what I mean. It's not necessarily the album's best song (more on that later), but I do feel it best exemplifies its overall sound. If that makes sense.
What's perhaps most amazing about this album is that while the songs all hang together in a coherent whole, most of them are simultaneously able to establish their own identities, as Yo La Tengo experiment wildly without ever abandoning their song-oriented approach.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still my favorite YLT Album January 19, 2004
By Shawn
Format:Audio CD
As each subsequent YLT album has come out, I have, for a short time, wondered if it would replace "Electr-O-Pura" as my favorite album in the world (that's ALBUM, not just YLT album). "I Can Hear the Heart..." came close for a month or two. "And then nothing..." came closer. It spent months in my CD player without being interrupted by anything else. But something about the album was too perfect, too careful. Going backwards, "Painful", while not as perfect an ALBUM experience, has some individual tracks that offer the most sublime listening experiences to be found (although "Pablo and Andrea", "Tom Courtenay" and "Blue Line Swinger" go beyond anything the band attempted on that album), and perhaps make Painful a little more FUN to listen to.

One day, though, after the glow of these other releases had worn off, I put my old friend "Electro" back on the CD player, and instantly, a smile came to my face. This was the pinnacle. While not as high-reaching or sonically conceptual as "And Then Nothing..." (or, arguably, even "Summer Sun"), and not as brashly fun or catchy as many prior efforts, "Electro" was made at that perfect point in YLT's career when everything came together in perfect balance, when they were confident enough and musically/lyrically accomplished enough to brashly go beyond anything Indie rock had ever produced, but naive enough to not let themselves be reigned in by conceptual restraints or pop perfectionism. Don't get me wrong. I admire subsequent releases for their attributes just as much as (in some ways more so than) this album. They have a grander vision, more experimentation, more musical and lyrical experience and skill behind them.

Don't get me wrong about this album, either.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curiously underrated September 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Falling in between two of the most acclaimed Yo La Tengo albums ("Painful" and "I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One"), "Electr-O-Pura" is a bit of an orphan in the group's catalog, which I've always found difficult to understand. Why was the world ready for "I Can Hear..." (which if anything, sounds like a tamer, less interesting version of this album) but not "Electr-O-Pura"?
I often hear "harsh" and "inconsistent" used as adjectives to describe "Electr-O-Pura." However, those are givens with YLT; "Fakebook" is the only album they've made that didn't jump all over the place, sometimes in ear-breaking ways. What "Electr-O-Pura" really offers is a sprawling tour of everything YLT can do, delivered with finesse and confidence. The album is overflowing with ideas and (usually) nonindulgent experimentation.
First, the quieter stuff: There's nothing on "I Can Hear..." as beautiful and perfect as the shimmering, exquisite "Pablo and Andrea," quite possibly the group's finest song, with Georgia Hubley's warmest, most seductive vocals ("I'll cover for you like a slipcover covers a chair"). Plus, Ira Kaplan's soaring guitar solo never fails to deliver goosebumps. An absolute masterpiece. "Don't Say a Word," "The Hour Grows Late," "My Heart's Reflection," and "Ballad of Red Buckets" are other (mostly) quiet, gorgeous songs.
Noise rears its sometimes ugly head throughout the album, with the (fortunately) short skronk piece "Attack on Love" being the worst offender.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Example of the Style
Electr-O-Pura is highly musical, expressive, emotive, and somewhat imprecise, even veering into sloppy (in a pleasing way, though). Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tom
1.0 out of 5 stars Yo no la tengo
I don't get it at all, depressing whiny music. I see they have lots of fans but I'm not one of them. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Hockey Puck
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my flavor.
"Electr-O-Pura" is one of those records that it seems like everyone likes more than I do-- it's not that it's a bad album per se, but certainly, I feel like Yo La Tengo had done... Read more
Published on October 6, 2008 by Michael Stack
5.0 out of 5 stars simply put
i'm a huge fan. this is my favorite. i want someone to bury me with a loop tape of blue line swinger playing in my box.
Published on December 8, 2007 by juoghou
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor In Comparison To "I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One"
I was very disappointed in this recording. Maybe I was spoiled by purchasing I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One as my first dose of Yo La Tengo. Read more
Published on September 20, 2007 by Explore
5.0 out of 5 stars The best that is
A couple of months ago, a friend of mine lent me the album 'I can hear the heart...' saying "You've just got to hear this album! Read more
Published on June 13, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Yo La Tengo's "Twin Peaks"
I wanted to lend my support to this album, which oddly tends to be seen by some critics as a mild misstep between the masterpieces Painful and I Can Hear the Heart. Read more
Published on October 20, 2005 by J. Bernbach
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect psych,drone, whatever.
This is one of Yo La Tengo's best record. You still can't really understand what Georgia and Ira and saying half the time through their whispered monotones, but this is really a... Read more
Published on January 16, 2005 by Matthew C
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm sorry
Having listened to this record, and no other material by this artist, I am sorry to say that this is the worst so-called attempt at music I have ever heard. Read more
Published on February 6, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Yo La Tengo's most consistent record
"I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One" is such a heavy shadow. Not that it's over-rated, but it's all relative ... Read more
Published on October 4, 2003 by Amir Aharoni
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