I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One

Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
1997 Ratings: #3 / 81
User Score
Based on 442 ratings
1997 Ratings: #20
Liked by 28 people
April 22, 1997 / Release Date
LP / Format
Matador / Label
Roger Moutenot / Producer
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While the band turned in standout albums before and after, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One announced itself as a definitive master statement. The subtly shifting moods and wide, curious palette of stylistic exploration resulted in a lasting indie rock classic, essential listening and also something of a blueprint for much of what followed from like-minded bands for years to come.

The heart meeting the head? An impressive mixture of curiousness and guile, all told.

Tones down the shoegazey and dreamy aspects of “Painful” in favour of a more clear-cut indie rock sound. In a lot of ways this works pretty well, it just doesn’t draw me back as often as I’d like.

Standout: We’re an American Band,
Favs: Green Arrow, Autumn Sweater, One PM Again, Sugarcube, My little corner of the world, The Lie and how we told it, Deeper into movies, Moby Octopad
Least fav: Stockholm Syndrome


After listening to all of Yo La Tengo’s most acclaimed albums, I can safely say that they are one of my favorite indie rock bands of all time. The first time I listened to this was months ago, and I remember thinking it was a beautiful sounding album, but I was not in love with it. I decided to listen to I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One again and it clicked.

The album’s sound is hard to describe as Yo La Tengo blends dream pop, noise pop, and noise rock, but I wouldn’t ... read more


Anything besides red meat and mushrooms 🙊

Fav Trak: Green Arrow


Incredible Indie Rock album, the melodies and production are perfect for pretty much any mood especially if you want a peaceful album. This album has been stuck in my head constantly, will definitely have to dive in their discography.


Nothing but amazing. I love the direction that yo la tengo went with this record, the different genres from post-rock, shoegaze, and indie rock are superb. I feel like the more I listen to it would grow more.


I am going to revisit this album holy fuck it's so beautiful

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Track List

  1. Return To Hot Chicken
  2. Moby Octopad
  3. Sugarcube
  4. Damage
  5. Deeper Into Movies
  6. Shadows
  7. Stockholm Syndrome
  8. Autumn Sweater
  9. Little Honda
  10. Green Arrow
  11. One PM Again
  12. The Lie and How We Told It
  13. Center of Gravity
  14. Spec Bebop
  15. We're An American Band
  16. My Little Corner of the World

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