Fade (Yo La Tengo album)

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Studio album by Yo La Tengo
Released January 15, 2013
Genre Indie rock
Length 45:45
Language English
Label Matador Records
Producer John McEntire
Yo La Tengo chronology
Popular Songs

Fade is the thirteenth full-length album by Hoboken-based rock band Yo La Tengo. It was produced by John McEntire, instead of Roger Moutenot, who had produced all their albums since 1993's Painful. It was recorded at Soma in Chicago, in the summer of 2012. It was released on January 15, 2013.[1]

The vinyl LP version of the record was pressed by United Record Pressing in Nashville, TN.

"Stupid Things (EP)" was released on 12" and CD on September 25, 2012, prior to the album release. It contains a different version of the title song.

"Ohm" was released as a limited edition triple 12" in "a printed flat in a 4-box poly shower curtain display case" in July 2013[2]

On November 5th the 12" of "Super Kiwi" was released. The title song was recorded during the ‘Fade’ sessions with John McEntire, on the B side there is a cover of the Beach Boys's “A Day in the Life Of a Tree”.

Donik Cary of Sugarshack Animation directed the videos for "Ohm" and its sequel "Is That Enough"[3] Emily Hubley directed the "Before we Run" animated video. Phil Morrison, long time Yo La Tengo collaborator and film director, did the video for "I'll Be Around". Starring Mac McCaughan of Superchunk, and the members of Yo La Tengo. This marks the first proper video clip from the band since "Sugarcube" (also directed by Morrison).

There are three different editions of the LP Vinyl available: One is the Standard Edition, another one comes with the "Fade" CD included, and there is a "Deluxe Limited Edition" that contains a Bonus 7" with two extra songs and a exclusive download track.

The "Deluxe Limited Edition" 2-CD set contains a special CD called "Fade Out" with 14 bonus tracks and four additional downloads (The 12" version of "Stupid Things", and three mixes from "Oriole", from the "Ohm" triple 12" edition)

A DVD called "Tree" animated by Jim Woodring was released on January 14, 2014. It contains an animated short of 5:20 minutes, based on artwork from "Fade". The song "Super Kiwi" is featured. The packaging comes with three soft vinyl figurines, sculpted by Tomohiro Yasui, representing the band members, and a bonus comic on the back.

The album debuted at number 26 on the Billboard 200 chart upon its release in January 2013, with sales of 14,000 copies. It marked the band's all-time chart peak as well as the first time a Yo La Tengo record has entered the top 40.[4]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 82/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[6]
Clash 8/10 stars[7]
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars[8]
Crackle Feedback (8/10)[9]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[10]
NME (7/10)[11]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10)[12]
Robert Christgau (A-)[13]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[14]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[15]
Spin (8/10)[16]
Sputnikmusic (4.0/5)[17]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Yo La Tengo

No. Title Length
1. "Ohm"   6:48
2. "Is That Enough"   4:15
3. "Well You Better"   2:37
4. "Paddle Forward"   2:49
5. "Stupid Things"   5:06
6. "I'll Be Around"   4:47
7. "Cornelia and Jane"   4:49
8. "Two Trains"   4:45
9. "The Point of It"   3:38
10. "Before We Run"   6:14
Total length:


Yo La Tengo
  • Ira Kaplan - vocals, guitars, keyboards, synthesizers
  • Georgia Hubley - drums, guitars, vocals, keyboards, percussion
  • James McNew - bass, guitars, vocals

Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound

Additional musicians
  • Andy Baker - trombone ("Cornelia and Jane", "Before We Run")
  • Brian Drye - trombone ("Before We Run")
  • Robert Fisher - viola ("Is That Enough", "Stupid Things", "Before We Run")
  • Jeff Hermanson - trumpet ("Before We Run")
  • Todd Matthews - violin ("Is That Enough", "Stupid Things", "Before We Run")
  • Rob Mazurek - cornet ("Cornelia and Jane", "Before We Run")
  • John McEntire - percussion ("Ohm") and vibes ("Two Trains")
  • Michael McGinnis - baritone saxophone ("Before We Run")
  • Jeff Parker - string arrangement ("Is That Enough")
  • William Porter - cello ("Is That Enough", "Before We Run")
  • Phyllis Sanders - violin ("Is That Enough", "Stupid Things", "Before We Run")
  • Design by Mark One
  • Photographs by Carlie Armstrong