Despite an ever-diversifying body of work, Hoboken trio Yo La Tengo have in the past six years (and three full-lengths) crafted increasingly cohesive albums, the latest characterized by nuanced arrangements and poignant, personal lyrics.
Fontanelle makes music by seance, gathering around a drum set and channeling the spirit of Sun Ra through an Atari console… Ornette Coleman might have made this record, if he had played the laptop, or Herbie Hancock if he had stayed the instrumental course in the '70s.
evokes jazz-funk and soul-jazz fusion…an 8-string guitar virtuoso…the versatility of this outfit is part of its appeal…myriad percussion instruments and rhythms…Mos Def appears on the song Creole—as a soulful crooner…Norah Jones renders Roxy Music's More than This as a beautiful, soft samba and closes the record with Nick Drake's Day is Done
That Messé and company have an ear for C & W nuance is apparent at the first strain of pedal steel, which intertwines gracefully with violin beneath Ellyson's tender-voiced delivery
…quasi-communist regulatory excess swallowed net radio and regurgitated nyet radio…