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Pavement

Terror Twilight

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With every British band namechecking Pavement of late (think Blur and Radiohead), it shouldn’t come as any shock that the influence goes both ways. O.K. Computer‘s subtle dynamics and crisp sound were obviously appealing enough to the lo-fi kings that they went and snagged Radiohead’s producer, one Nigel Godrich, to man the controls on the most polished-sounding recording of their career. Thing is, polished may not be what you want from these guys and a sure hand at the production panel can’t mask the fact that Pavement really hasn’t progressed musically with Terror Twilight. Fans will want a copy, but I never got past the “this is pleasant, but not amazing feeling” after more than 10 spins. It is best recommended as a “hold-you-over” until Radiohead unleashes their new oeuvre next year.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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