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Pavement

Wowee Zowee


limited 180 gram vinyl reissue 'wowee zowee' is a knowing minorkey discombobulation of heavy postpunk and rock experimentalism amidst a slew of expansive countryrock songs productionwise it's a clean record a step closer to the mainstream structurewise it's a step away you can easily read this sound as a reaction to pavement suddenly having turned into a hot commercial commodity after 1994's critically praised 'crooked rain crooked rain' pavement is now a nextbigthing that doesn't want to be one both in structure and lyrics songs like 'rattled by the rush' 'brinx job' and 'serpentine pad' sneer at thoughtless altrock careerism even as they try to figure out a way to survive it with the soul intact but while it works to offend and confound listeners pavement can't hide a certain sheerpop glee that has always been present in its music 'grounded' and 'kennel district' are what you might call pavement rock guitarrorist pop songs that aim to challenge you sonically while injecting you with a direct pop thrill those songs and the acoustic 'we dance' are also perfect examples of the emotional accuracy that singerguitarists stephen malkmus and spiral stairs can portray when they combine such insight with guitar sounds of the future this best of all postnirvana american rock bands flies in directions others haven't even pondered

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