Yo La Tengo
Electr-O-Pura


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sunnyvale STAFF
February 23rd, 2023 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The red-headed stepchild of Yo La Tengo’s golden era

Released in 1995, right in the midst of Yo La Tengo’s peak artistic run, Electr-O-Pura feels remarkably overlooked. In some ways, its lack of a spotlight is understandable, with the album standing a bit like an underdeveloped version of what I Can Feel The Heart Beating As One would later become, while simultaneously lacking the greater cohesion provided by Painful or And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out. Nonetheless, though, Electr-O-Pura is easily one of the band’s strongest releases and features a number of all-timers. Notable weaknesses aside (more of a feature than a bug with this group), any indie aficionado deserves to become acquainted with this record.

Electr-O-Pura skitters from one style to another without fear or second thought. There are roaring guitar jams (“Flying Lessons (Hot Chicken #1”), portraits of fuzzy melancholy (“The Hour Grows Late”), indie rock numbers as catchy as anything you’ll ever hear ("Tom Courtenay”), and a whole lot more, and that’s just in the album’s first half. Things seem to stretch out into languid climes on the back half, with “The Ballad Of Red Buckets” setting the tone with its lazily moody atmosphere. It wouldn’t be Yo La Tengo, though, without some twists. Late in the tracklist, "Attack On Love" is a bafflingly unlistenable interlude, although mercifully short, immediately followed up by one of the band’s most incredible achievements in the sprawling closer “Blue Line Swinger”.

As mentioned in the introduction, it’s not entirely unmerited that Electr-O-Pura is the least mentioned of the four album stretch which marked Yo La Tengo’s high-water mark. Frankly, it’s not quite as good on a whole as the one record which came before it or the two which would follow. But, it’s still a release full of wonderful moments and absolutely classic tunes, and one that shouldn’t be missed by anyone who has already devoured the band’s most widely-praised offerings. In true Yo La Tengo fashion, Electr-O-Pura is a flawed jewel, but it shines nonetheless.



Recent reviews by this author
Lamp of Murmuur Saturnian BloodstormMork Dypet
deathcrash LessDownfall of Gaia Silhouettes Of Disgust
Godcaster GodcasterBrokenTeeth How to Sink Slowly
user ratings (127)
3.7
great


Comments:Add a Comment 
JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2023


51321 Comments


woah damn

this (along with Popular Songs/Fade) is one of the YLT albs i should probs peep at some point, good shit

GhandhiLion
February 23rd 2023


16838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good shit for sure. I should rank their albums

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2023


4728 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely check it, Johnny!



I've been on YLT kick of massive proportions recently, and was jamming this today and appalled that it doesn't have a review. 15 minutes later, here we are!

Ryus
February 23rd 2023


29660 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice nice

Mort.
February 24th 2023


22231 Comments


yo la tengo?

sorry m8, me no speako foreign

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2023


24885 Comments


Tom Courtenay is indeed insanely catchu

theBoneyKing
February 24th 2023


23398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice one Sunny, this was severely overdue a review. “Pablo and Andrea” is one of their very best.

Pheromone
February 24th 2023


19134 Comments


i... haven't heard this one oops

theBoneyKing
February 24th 2023


23398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You are part of the problem but you can be part of the solution!!



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2022 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy