Fade (Yo La Tengo album)

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Yo La Tengo - Fade.jpg
Studio album by Yo La Tengo
Released January 15, 2013
Length 45:45
Language English
Label Matador
Producer John McEntire
Yo La Tengo chronology
Popular Songs
Stuff Like That There
Singles from Fade
  1. "Stupid Things"
    Released: 25 September 2012
  2. "I'll Be Around"
    Released: 28 January 2013
  3. "Ohm"
    Released: 10 July 2013
  4. "Super Kiwi"
    Released: 5 November 2013

Fade is the thirteenth full-length album by American indie 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]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. ClubB+[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[7]
MSN MusicA−[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[11]

"Stupid Things" 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[13] 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' "A Day in the Life of a Tree".

Fade 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.[14]

There are three different editions of the vinyl LP available: the Standard Edition, another which comes with the Fade CD included, and a "Deluxe Limited Edition" that contains a bonus 7" with two extra songs and an 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.

Music videos[edit]

Donik Cary of Sugarshack Animation directed the videos for "Ohm" and its sequel "Is That Enough"[15] 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).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Yo La Tengo.

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:45:48


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


  1. ^ Gerard (2012-11-14). "Yo La Tengo's 'Fade' LP/CD/Digital Album Coming January 15, North American Tour Starts January 23". Matador Records. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
  2. ^ "Reviews for Fade by Yo La Tengo". Metacritic. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Thomas, Fred. "Fade – Yo La Tengo". AllMusic. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  4. ^ Mincher, Chris (January 15, 2013). "Yo La Tengo: Fade". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  5. ^ "Also Available". Entertainment Weekly. January 18, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  6. ^ Hann, Michael (January 10, 2013). "Yo La Tengo: Fade – review". The Guardian. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  7. ^ Roberts, Randall (January 15, 2013). "Album review: Yo La Tengo's 'Fade' is honest and catchy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 15, 2013). "The dB's/Yo La Tengo". MSN Music. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  9. ^ Gardner, Noel (January 8, 2013). "Yo La Tengo – 'Fade'". NME. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  10. ^ Berman, Stuart (January 14, 2013). "Yo La Tengo: Fade". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  11. ^ Hermes, Will (January 15, 2013). "Fade". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  12. ^ Harris, Keith (January 15, 2013). "Yo La Tengo, 'Fade' (Matador)". Spin. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  13. ^ http://pitchfork.com/news/51458-video-yo-la-tengos-surreal-animated-ohm/
  14. ^ http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/1532247/chart-moves-the-tenors-yo-la-tengo-civil-wars-debut-in-top-40-on-billboard
  15. ^ http://pitchfork.com/news/51786-video-yo-la-tengo-its-not-enough-featuring-fred-willard/

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