Popular Songs

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This article is about an album by Yo La Tengo. For the article about popular music in general, see Popular music.
Popular Songs
Studio album by Yo La Tengo
Released September 8, 2009
Recorded Early 2009, Hoboken, NJ and Nashville, TN [1]
Genre Alternative rock
Length 72:49
Language English
Label Matador
Producer Roger Moutenot
Yo La Tengo chronology
Fuckbook
(2009)
Popular Songs
(2009)
Fade
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club (A-)[3]
BBC (positive)[4]
Drowned In Sound (8/10)[5]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[6]
musicOMH 4/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media (7.9/10)[8]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[11]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[12]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[13]

Popular Songs is the twelfth full-length album by Hoboken-based rock band Yo La Tengo, released digitally, on CD, and double LP on September 8, 2009.[14] It is their 7th album released on Matador and the eighth album to be given Matador's Buy Early Get Now treatment,[15] in which it came along with a vinyl LP featuring Yo La Tengo’s Original Score from the film, Adventureland, as well as three bonus tracks as download in MP3 and FLAC. The first two of these downloads were demo versions of two album tracks and became available shortly before the release of the CD. The third download became available on December 15, 2009. The same track is also available in the iTunes Store and on the Japanese CD issue of the album.[16]

Four videos were made by director John McSwain to accompany one song from the album each. In the weeks leading up to the release of the album, a new video was posted on Matador's various "partner sites" and collected on Matador's own website.[1] The first video, for "Here to Fall," was posted on Matador's own "Matablog" on July 28, 2009.[17]

The album leaked onto the Internet on July 26; in response, Matador began streaming the album to Buy Early Get Now customers on July 28, more than a week before the stream was originally advertised to begin.[18]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Here to Fall" - 5:45
  2. "Avalon or Someone Very Similar" - 3:17
  3. "By Two's" - 4:29
  4. "Nothing to Hide" - 2:46
  5. "Periodically Double or Triple" - 3:53
  6. "If It's True" - 2:39
  7. "I'm On My Way" - 4:35
  8. "When It's Dark" - 3:54
  9. "All Your Secrets" - 4:26
  10. "More Stars Than There Are In Heaven" - 9:39
  11. "The Fireside" - 11:25
  12. "And the Glitter Is Gone" - 15:54
  13. "You've Got a Friend" - 4:10 (Japanese CD, Argentine CD, Buy Early Get Now & iTunes Bonus Track)
  14. "Nothing To Hide (demo)" - 9:47 (Buy Early Get Now Bonus Track)
  15. "Periodically Double Or Triple (demo)" - 7:39 (Buy Early Get Now Bonus Track)

Art[edit]

The band contacted conceptual artist Dario Robleto.[19] He contributed three pieces for the album design:

  • "At War With the Entropy of Nature / Ghost Don't Always Want to Come Back" (2002) (Cover)
  • "A Dark Day for the Dinosaurs (Radio Edit)" (2000-2001) (Inlay)
  • "Sometimes Billie Is All That Holds Me Together" (1998-1999) (Back Cover)

Personnel[edit]

String arrangements by Richard Evans

  • David Angel, Pamela Sixfin - violin
  • Monisa Angell, Kristin Wilkingson - viola
  • John Catchings - cello
  • recorded by John Mark Painter at IHOF in Nashville
  • Doug Wieselman - clarinet

Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matablog". Matador Records. 2009-06-04. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ The A.V. Club review
  4. ^ BBC review
  5. ^ Drowned In Sound review
  6. ^ The Guardian review
  7. ^ musicOMH review
  8. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  9. ^ PopMatters review
  10. ^ Rolling Stone review
  11. ^ Slant Magazine review
  12. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  13. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review
  14. ^ "Yo La Tengo Biography". Matador Records. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  15. ^ "Buy Early Get Now". Buy Early Get Now. 2009-03-22. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  16. ^ "Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  17. ^ "Matablog". Matador Records. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  18. ^ "Twitter / Matador Records: Yo La Tengo - 'Popular Son". Twitter.com. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  19. ^ "Pitchfork / Take Cover". Pitchfork Media Inc. 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2014-06-16.