Yo La Tengo — ‘And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out’



Similar to those other well seasoned slowcore(ish) songsters Low, Hoboken’s Yo La Tengo always change a little with each album. It’s what, one assumes, they deliberately set out to do when entering the recording studio, not to give the paying public the same record repeated over. With 2000’s impressively unforced album of beautiful resignation ‘And then nothing turned itself inside out’ the group slowed things right down, almost setting the guitars aside altogether. But not quite. Imagine a soundtrack accompanying your shadow on a sticky summer evening and you kind of get the idea.

Seen as their most confessional record, much of the LP displays simple piano ‘n retro electronic tones set to subtle off-centre feedback and found-sounds. Almost as though to mildly threatening effect, at times. Opener Everyday is an aloof, fatalist slow burner, but the album brightness up from here on in. Madeline for example is a summery Americana shuffle, while Last Days of Disco flaunts its romantic reminisce in the deepest balmy evening.

Our Way To Fall on the other hand is about as good a song the group has ever produced, another stripped back blindingly gorgeous waltz of unpretentious swaying, full of uncomplicated gliding organ and brushing beats (the albums signature sound, in many ways). Soon enough they throw in a bit of playful Sonic Youth messaboutery and guitar throttling in the shape of Cherry Chopstick, and things suddenly get, though welcome, a touch confusing. Also on the album worth a mention the Tarantino movietone of Tired Hippo, and the conversational, tender The Crying of Lot G. It’s a long running record, clocking in well over the 70 minutes mark, not helped by the overly long, experimental jam of final cut (extra track?) Night Falls On Hoboken. But by and large certainly recommended. Though maybe not their best album– that title probably goes to 1997’s ‘I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One’–, ‘And then nothing turned itself inside out’ is certainly a record to be forever placed on any list recalling YLT’s top three albums of all time.

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