Love Tara

Eric's Trip - Love Tara
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1993 Ratings: #96 / 372
User Score
Based on 27 ratings
Liked by 1 person
November 9, 1993 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sub Pop / Label
Lo-Fi, Indie Rock / Genres
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It's a record you really have to grow up with, I think, to truly appreciate. Fraught and tenuous, raw and tender, abrasive and gentle all at once—a portrait of a certain kind of young adulthood, precariously situated between dominant tones... Its ragged, panning, stereo production feels, at its best, not rudimentary, but communicative: its own mode of address, its own conduit of intimacy. I'll call it ambivalent—by which I mean not static or indifferent, but drawn powerfully in too ... read more
An exquisite lo-fi album that was made before lo-fi music was even popular. I didn't expect a lot from a band that was named after a Sonic Youth song, but they surprised me on 'Love Tara'. This thing is rough in a lot of places, but they're still able to make it sound appealing, the guitar work is fuzzy but it's honestly one of the biggest highlights on the record, and the lyricism is heart-wrenchingly beautiful. It's a fairly short album (37 minutes) but they're still able to cram so much ... read more
'Love Tara' sounds like what you'd expect from a lo-fi album: raw, simple, emotive, and bare. This doesn't automatically indicate the quality of the music, which in this case is pretty so so. The first 5 tracks of the record are satisfying enough, except for "Stove", the third one. After that, it all feels the same and considerably too rushed. I mean, some tracks start pretty but end too soon, like "May 11" (my dog's birthday by the way). Look, to fit 15 pieces into 37min, ... read more
Love Tara is a lo-fi twee break-up album. It can be a little awkward in spots but that works in its favor, adequately reflecting the unstable emotions that come with teenage breakups. In addition, since this album doesn't seem to be very well known, it's also worth mentioning that Phil Elverum has stated this album to be one of his favorites (Influencing The Microphones sound), and even went on to record Lost Wisdom with Julie Doiron.
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Track List

  1. Behind the Garage
  2. Anytime You Want
  3. Stove
  4. Follow
  5. Secret for Julie
  6. Belly
  7. Sunlight
  8. June
  9. To Know Them
  10. Spring
  11. Frame
  12. May 11
  13. My Room
  14. Blinded
  15. Allergic to Love
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Added on: August 22, 2015