Brighten The Corners Original recording reissued
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However, there are quite a few extras that are worth listening too, especially if you were lucky enough to score the edition that came with the live LP. I received two discs and one LP for 19.99, great deal. And if you are a long term fan this set is really something you should pick up. The booklet is 60+ pages and contains a few written pieces and lots of great pictures. The quality of the printing and paper isn't up to the previous standards of the last three sets, but compared to what one usually gets with remasters, it's great. The bonus material includes alternate mixes and versions, bbc live in studio material, b-sides, compilation tracks, and outtakes. The extra material is not as strong as say the Slanted & Enchanted luxe & redux stuff, but it is still worth while.
So five stars for the set and 1.5 stars for the mastering = 3.25 overall.
I find myself reaching for this one first when I delve into my Pavement collection. It's subdued and textured, much less raw than the earlier work, and the songs all meld together into what feels like a story. It's about shady lanes and all that, but it's definitely not McCartney's first solo disc (famed for its feeling of "domestic bliss"). Malkmus is still critical of his surroundings, he's just found a way to come to terms with them. A very unique record and, like all of Pavement's work, necessary for a real understanding of 1990s rock n roll.
If you're checking out this reissue, you probably know the album, so I'll get to the extras (32 of 'em!). First off, the original album has only twelve songs but they recorded about twice as many. Some were released as b-sides, including "Harness Your Hopes" and "No Tan Lines" which are a few of Pavements best songs, though they never made it to an album (along with "Unseen Power Of The Picket Fence" which can be found on the Crooked Rain reissue). "Wanna Mess You Around" is a stab of garage punk which would sit nicely next to "Serpentine Pad".
Some of the stuff that didn't make the cut has never been released, like an early creeping version of "The Hexx" and psychedelic instrumental "Beautiful As A Butterfly", had all of these been included on Brighten The Corners, it would have been a completely different beast, more akin to their earlier more chaotic sound.
Disc two features the best radio sessions I've heard from Pavement (they get quite zany), including their excellent cover of "The Killing Moon", a cover of Faust's "It's A Rainy Day Sunshine Girl" and a crazy version of "Grave Architecture" with some hilarious backing vocals by (I'm guessing) Bob Nastanovich.Read more ›
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I have loved the album for a while so I decided to buy the vinyl. It came quickly and plays just fine. If you like pavement and vinyl then buy it. Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Matt T
Pavement. My personal favorite band!
Every album I listen to of theirs is an experience, each one with songs that instantly bring out so many emotions of mine. Read more
I take issue with the editorial review. I love Pavement, and I love every one of their records in a different way. They're all pretty much awesome. Read morePublished on June 8, 2010 by Wes J. Garber
A great CD set, wished I would have bought it years ago. Lot's of extra tracks on this 2 CD set.Published on April 28, 2010 by John O. Fazenbaker IV
I like the original quite a bit, but it has a certain darkened mood to it, dominated by transport is arranged, type slowly, and fin, that could be offputting if you never wanted... Read morePublished on April 21, 2010 by Kevin J. Zahnle
Brighten The Corners is typical of most Pavement releases in its sound - as with The Pixies, Yo La Tengo or Elliott Smith, the quietest, most tranquil phrases are often buttressed... Read morePublished on October 2, 2009 by A. Boyd