I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
|I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass|
|Studio album by Yo La Tengo|
|Released||September 12, 2006|
|Yo La Tengo chronology|
I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass is the eleventh full-length album by Hoboken-based alternative rock band Yo La Tengo, released on September 12, 2006. It is their sixth album released on Matador.
The title of the album is rumored to be a (paraphrased) quote by NBA player Tim Thomas. Sitting on the bench together during a game, Thomas was caught on tape by the MSG Network in a profane exchange with fellow Knick, point guard Stephon Marbury. Thomas yelled at Marbury, "Everyone in this organization is afraid of you, but I’m not, and I will beat your ass."
A 7" single for "Mr. Tough" was released in the UK, September 4th 2006. On the B Side there is a cover of "I'm Your Puppet", from James & Bobby Purify.
The record was released on CD and as Double LP Vinyl.
|The A.V. Club||A−|
|Drowned In Sound||(8/10)|
|Tiny Mix Tapes|||
The album has received widespread acclaim and appeared in numerous Best of 2006 lists, including:
- a rating of 85% on Metacritic
- appearing at #13 on Metacritic's Best of 2006 list.
- appearing at #23 on Pitchfork Media's Top 50 Albums of 2006
- appearing at #6 on Soundsect's The Top 20 Albums of 2006
All songs written by Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew.
- "Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind" – 10:47
- "Beanbag Chair" – 3:03
- "I Feel Like Going Home" – 4:14
- "Mr. Tough" – 4:06
- "Black Flowers" – 4:28
- "The Race Is on Again" – 4:37
- "The Room Got Heavy" – 5:10
- "Sometimes I Don't Get You" – 3:16
- "Daphnia" – 8:51
- "I Should Have Known Better" – 3:16
- "Watch Out for Me Ronnie" – 3:02
- "The Weakest Part" – 3:04
- "Song for Mahila" – 3:40
- "Point and Shoot" – 4:18
- "The Story of Yo La Tango" – 11:49
- The final track is a deliberate misspelling of the band's name — the album's CD-Text reiterating this by listing the track as "The Story of Yo La Tango", followed by the message "Yes — it should be Tango!". A recurring feature on the band's web site depicts venue marquees with various misspellings of the name.
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound.
- Steve Herrman - trumpet ("Mr. Tough", "Black Flowers")
- Jim Hoke - saxophone ("Mr. Tough", "Watch Out for Me Ronnie")
- Bill Huber - trombone ("Beanbag Chair", "Black Flowers") and euphonium ("Black Flowers")
- David Mansfield - violin ("I Feel Like Going Home", "Black Flowers")
- Roger Moutenot - acoustic guitar ("Song for Manhila")
- Garo Yellin - cello ("Black Flowers", "Watch Out for Me Ronnie")
- Cover Painting "Little Pink Lady" by Gary Panter.
- Photos by Reuben Cox.
- Inlay photo of Ira as a kid was taken by Abraham Kaplan (Ira's father).
- Inlay photo of Ira and Georgia's dog, named Sydney, was taken by Georgia.
- Allmusic review
- The A.V. Club review
- Robert Christgau review
- Drowned In Sound review
- [Sep Entertainment Weekly review]
- Pitchfork Media review
- PopMatters review
- Rolling Stone review
- Spin review
- Tiny Mix Tapes review
- Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass (2006): Reviews
- "Highest and Lowest Scoring Music and Albums at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
- Pitchfork Feature: Top 50 Albums of 2006
- soundsect.com : feature