Yo La Tengo - Fade
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Based on 31 reviews
2013 Ratings: #74 / 955
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Based on 164 ratings
2013 Ratings: #134
January 15, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

92
Paste

Fade is just 10 distinctive, beautiful songs in 45 minutes meant to show their languid new peers (Real Estate, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, what have you) who’s boss.

83
A.V. Club

Yo La Tengo may not be as daringly innovative as it once was, but, in targeting its experiments to a cohesive purpose, the band successfully fulfills Fade’s grandiose scope.

81
Pitchfork

Fade can be every bit as adventurous as the band's most eclectic albums, but applies its myriad layers in more subtle fashion

80
The 405

They show that Yo La Tengo, even when working in all their forms can still put together an album of immediate and emotionally affecting songs after all these years.

80
Drowned in Sound

There’s nothing showy here, nothing flashy, just an understated, immaculately put together collection of happy and sad, yearning and sweet songs.

80
PopMatters

Much of Fade feels like an exercise in free association with previous Yo La Tengo efforts, making it an album that’s appealingly familiar, yet without seeming like it only revisits past triumphs.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

There’s nothing really surprising about the excellence of their new album, Fade, except that I’m completely surprised by how excellent it is. 

80
Consequence of Sound

Fade comes together as one of Yo La Tengo’s most refreshingly forward efforts in both sound and matter.

80
No Ripcord

Fade is a sign of perseverance for the group, as the album perfectly details just what is so essential and appealing about the group, and why there will always be a place for these guys in the world of indie rock.

75
Under The Radar

For a band that has made change their consistent state, Fade is another welcome stop on a career that shows no signs of growing old.

70
The Fly

If a sense of staleness had begun to creep in round 2009’s ‘Popular Songs’, ‘Fade’ pretty much puts them back on track.

70
NME

Save perhaps for an unusual dalliance with folk (‘I’ll Be Around’), little new personal ground is broken, but their songwriting chops and sound design remain cherishable. 

holsgr
67
☆☆☆ ~ Great and respectable work. Even though the whole project doesn't manages the virtuosity and versatility as a majestic album effectively does, the overall feeling was succesfully positive on me.
CheapandLethal
75
Decent
tha138
78
Collaborating with John McEntire for its thirteenth release, this band still holds the title of America's best kept, rock secret and still creates beautiful music, spread so naturally towards every direction.
Felindie
75
Fav Tracks: Ohm, Paddle Forward, Before We Run
FinalLifeline
77
Yo La Tengo seems like a band that can do no wrong, and everything they release is, at the very least, interesting and consistent. Where they falter, though, isn't actually a fault of theirs, but more of a consequence of the indie environment at the current time. A few years ago, this album would have been almost groundbreaking, but instead, it's merely a great album. YLT rarely disappoint, but these days, I wouldn't call them mind-blowing.
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Track List

  1. Ohm 
  2. Is That Enough 
  3. Well You Better 
  4. Paddle Forward 
  5. Stupid Things 
  6. I'll Be Around 
  7. Cornelia and Jane 
  8. Two Trains 
  9. The Point of It 
  10. Before We Run
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