I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One

Release date
22 Apr 1997
Running length
17 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Return to Hot Chicken 1:37 96,066
2 Moby Octopad 5:47 92,119
3 Sugarcube 3:19 130,198
4 Damage 4:38 87,779
5 Deeper Into Movies 5:23 83,876
6 Shadows 2:23 83,299
7 Stockholm Syndrome 2:49 111,061
8 Autumn Sweater 5:17 155,671
9 Little Honda 3:09 84,871
10 Green Arrow 5:44 80,365
11 One PM Again 2:25 74,986
12 The Lie and How We Told It 3:17 71,731
13 Center of Gravity 2:38 76,708
14 Spec Bebop 3:06 67,514
15 We're an American Band 6:21 57,055
16 My Little Corner of the World 2:22 90,319
17 Autumn Sweater (Tortoise remix) 7:20 569

About this album

I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One is an album by Yo La Tengo released on Matador in . It was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and mixed in New York City. The album’s sound is a blend of various genres, such as (“One PM Again”), (“Moby Octopad”), (“Deeper Into Movies”), (“Sugarcube”), long noise jams (“Spec Bebop”), (“Green Arrow”), and (“Center of Gravity”), with a few songs showing music influences (“Autumn Sweater”). The album also contains two songs: “Little Honda,” a Beach Boys tune by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, and “My Little Corner of the World,” written by Bob Hilliard and Lee Pockriss and made famous by musician and anti-gay activist Anita Bryant.

I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One is among the most critically acclaimed albums by Yo La Tengo, placing 5th in the Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop critics’ poll for 1997. The album has continued to earn acclaim since its release, ranking at #25 on the list of the Top 100 albums of the 1990s by Pitchfork, and #78 on Spin’s greatest 90 albums of the . Robert Christgau, in his review for Spin, called the first nine songs “perfect.” He called out the song “Autumn Sweater” as the “very peak” of the album and described the track “Stockholm Syndrome,” sung by bassist James McNew, as a “simulated Neil Young ballad.

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