Pavement wrote better songs later on but the quality of the songwriting was still already there, and the overall vibe of the album is just amazing. The production, Gary's drumming...this is an all-time favorite and my favorite Pavement album too, probably
I just listened to this album and Pavement for the first time. Normally, it takes a few listens of a new band/album for me to fully appreciate it but this album just clicked instantly after one listen.
Why does everyone tag this with an ampersand? This album is called [url=http://www.last.fm/music/Pavement/Slanted+and+Enchanted]Slanted and Enchanted[/url], see [url=http://crookedrain.com/records/slanted-and-enchanted/]the official site[/url] or [url=http://musicbrainz.org/release-group/869f9eac-2a40-3a41-80a3-6bf2297a7cbc]Musicbrainz[/url].
now I've got three different names for the album in my stats xD -.- anyway.. I've suddenly become addicted to their sound on this album, and I actually wanted to learn and rip off their guitar work a bit, but then saw that he tuned the guitar differently....
wow. after listening to the entire album again, after a considerably long period of not doing so, I'm convinced that this is pavement's best. and I've always been the biggest defender of CRCR. oh I love what time does for me and pavement.
Anything by Pavement is groovy. Period. This one set the standard, though. The big player when I was a college radio DJ. The station cautioned DJs to not go overboard on Pavement, knowing they were so fucking good.
I always thought of S&E as my least favourite of the pavement albums, until I rediscovered some of the tracks when i saw their reunion gig in Amsterdam. I gave it a spin again and now I can't stop listening to it. Don't know what I was thinking back in the day...