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 / 77
User Score
Based on 328 ratings
1997 Ratings: #14
Liked by 11 people
April 22, 1997 / Release Date
LP / Format
Matador / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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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.
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
This is such a subtle album. The gorgeous soundscapes, peaceful vibe, and range of emotions make for an absolutely sublime listening experience, one that relaxes and soothes. Ultimately, an album almost everyone should listen to.

Favorite Tracks: Autumn Sweater, Stockholm Syndrome, Green Arrow, Damage, The Lie and How We Told It, Deeper Into Movies, My Little Corner of the World, Center of Gravity, Shadows

Least Favorite Track: Little Honda
Super chill record, classic indie rock. Feels like a relaxing day at home after a big snow fall. There are some nice fuzzed out moments to mix the vibe up enough as well. The sound is unmistakably Yo La Tengo. If I had any criticism it would be that I wish the vocals were just a tad bit higher in the mix on a few songs, plus Spec Bebop will test your patience.
Yo la tengo is one of those bands that is more than just music to me.
It works great on my psyche and just makes me feel better when i'm feeling low. Melodic, melancholic music with dreamy vocals is something I'm not bored with, no matter what band it is. It's music for my soul and I'm very happy to discover new bands creating stuff like that thanks to this site everyday.
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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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