Yo La Tengo
And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Ou


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chris Jackson USER (177 Reviews)
May 3rd, 2007 | 51 replies | 12,994 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Being a fairly laid-back and lazy person it’s not very surprising that Yo La Tengo are one of my favorite bands. The trios knack for creating a calm, late-night atmosphere is just as effective as is was on I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One aka Yo La Tengo’s masterpiece. Believe it or not Ira Kaplan and co. create an even more subdued and solemn album with And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out.

The aspect that separates And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out from other Yo La Tengo releases is that it hints towards a much more ambient and synth driven sound. “Tears Are in Your Eyes”only consists of a few lonesome piano chords while “Saturday” is propelled by funky electronic effects and smooth percussion work. Everything works so well because Yo La Tengo can create such a somber atmosphere using minimal instrumentation. “The Crying of Lot G” shows off its beauty with delicate acoustic strums, it’s built off of simple guitar scales yet it is still able to create an intricate and laid-back sound.

It’s safe to say that at least 80% of And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out is on the melancholy, depressing side. Fortunately the other 20% is filled sugary pop hooks and uplifting lyrics ,something that Yo La Tengo were known for during their early years in the late 80's. “Cherry Chapstick” sounds like a combination of Dinosaur Jr. and Beach Boys, musically the song is extremely catchy while containing a hard rocking edge. The balance between uplifting pop tunes and depressing ambience is nearly perfect. Ira Kaplan’s production is amongst the best that I’ve ever heard as he’s able to capture every subtle effect in order to create a crystal clear sound that vividly represents the cold, solemn atmosphere that the album contains.

And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out is an ideal album to chill out to as it’s filled with laid-back bass-lines, solemn electronic noodling, and Ira Kaplan’s soothing vocals. The beautiful production accompanies the music flawlessly is really the aspect that makes And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out such a tranquil listen. Although the album does get taxing towards the end (it’s 77:15 minutes long for christ sakes ) Yo La Tengo create yet another excellent album that’s even more bass-drive and lo-key then I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
AlienEater
May 3rd 2007



716 Comments


One of the Yo La Tengo albums I don't own. This sounds ok. I'll probably get it eventually

The Jungler
May 3rd 2007



4827 Comments


I really like I Can Hear the Heart and I Am Not Afraid of You, even though they're almost too long. What would you guys reccomend next?
Good review Zebra.

AlienEater
May 3rd 2007



716 Comments


Probably Painful

The Jungler
May 3rd 2007



4827 Comments


Okay, cool. That's what amg said, but you can't always trust them.

Two-Headed Boy
May 3rd 2007



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a really good album.

Slaapkamers
June 4th 2007



596 Comments


best night band

joshuatree
Emeritus
February 16th 2009



3743 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

so this is probably the best album ever

robin
Emeritus
February 23rd 2009



4223 Comments


have to agree, especially taking into account night falls on hoboken. packaging is awesome too

singleladies
February 23rd 2009



20 Comments


ya jewel cases give me a boner

Kashmir09
October 30th 2009



772 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I absolutely adore this album, so romantic and melancholy. Goes beautifully with "Summer Sun" which just cannot buy any love from this site

Roach
October 30th 2009



2149 Comments


This is their best.

plane
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2009



6073 Comments


fuck this band is so good

Enotron
November 25th 2009



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

really, really enjoying this album

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2009



14886 Comments


band has the best album titles

shazwagon
March 23rd 2010



84 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of my favorite albums ever!

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2010



14886 Comments


I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Turn Your Ass Inside-Out

Zeek
March 23rd 2010



83 Comments


yeah right my ass is broken, brokenless

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2010



14886 Comments


i feel awful but boring

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2010



14886 Comments


nvm this is aite

'madeline' is SO addicting

robin
Emeritus
May 27th 2010



4223 Comments


alright? alright?



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