Electr-O-Pura

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Electr-O-Pura
Studio album by Yo La Tengo
Released May 2, 1995
Recorded Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Indie rock, noise pop
Length 58:23
Label Matador Records
Producer Roger Moutenot
Yo La Tengo chronology
Painful
(1993)
Electr-O-Pura
(1995)
Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo
(1996)

Electr-O-Pura is the seventh studio album by the American indie rock band Yo La Tengo, released on May 2, 1995 by Matador Records. The album received very positive reviews from music critics.

Recording and release[edit]

Electr-O-Pura was recorded at Alex The Great Studios in Nashville, Tennessee and produced by Roger Moutenot, who previously recorded the band's previous album, Painful. The album was released on May 2, 1995 by the independent record label Matador Records.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A[2]
Entertainment Weekly A[3]
Spin 9/10[4]

Electr-O-Pura received very positive reviews from music critics. Steven Mirkin, writing for Entertainment Weekly, commented: "Combining homespun charm, critical sophistication, and a fan's enthusiasm, Yo La Tengo sounds like a well-adjusted Velvet Underground. Electr-O-Pura '​s songs run the gamut from loopy pop to pensive folk to flat-out weird; their unpretentious honesty brings them together into a musically and emotionally satisfying whole."[3] In 1996, the album was ranked at number 9 in The Village Voice '​s Pazz & Jop critics' poll for 1995.[5] Similarly, Spin placed the album at number 11 on their list of the "20 Best Albums Of '95".[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Decora" – 3:27
  2. "Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)" – 6:42
  3. "The Hour Grows Late" – 3:06
  4. "Tom Courtenay" – 3:30
  5. "False Ending" – :56
  6. "Pablo and Andrea" – 4:16
  7. "Paul Is Dead" – 2:26
  8. "False Alarm" – 5:28
  9. "The Ballad of Red Buckets" – 4:00
  10. "Don't Say a Word (Hot Chicken #2)" – 3:28
  11. "(Straight Down to the) Bitter End" – 3:59
  12. "My Heart's Reflection" – 6:02
  13. "Attack on Love" – 1:52
  14. "Blue Line Swinger" – 9:19

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mark Deming. "Electr-O-Pura". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  2. ^ Robert Christgau (1995-07-11). "Consumer Guide: July 11, 1995". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on 2014-07-02. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  3. ^ a b Steven Mirkin (1995-05-26). "Electr-O-Pura". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  4. ^ Terri Sutton (June 1995). "Electr-O-Pura". Spin 11 (3): 100. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  5. ^ "The 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. 1996-02-20. Archived from the original on 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  6. ^ Erik Davis (January 1996). "20 Best Albums Of '95". Spin 11 (10): 62–63. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 

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