|Yo La Tengo
I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
by Katie Sauro
With their 15-song double album entitled I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass, easily one of the best album titles ever devised, Yo La Tengo embraces folk, Brit-pop, psychedelia, funk, and just about everything else under this rather timorous and tenuous umbrella we call rock music. The Hoboken trio’s latest in a long string of masterpieces features sprightly pop anthems, garage compositions, and tear-jerking ballads, all bookended by album opener “Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind,” and closer “The Story of Yo La Tengo,” two epic songs that reach upwards of ten minutes. Yo La Tengo is the workhorse of the indie rock world—adored by fans and critics alike, unappreciated elsewhere—but they have continued to create and recreate, calibrate and recalibrate, and the brilliant, all-encompassing I Am Not Afraid demonstrates why they have made more out of their monumental career than most other well-tenured bands.
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