Painful (album)

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Painful
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Studio album by Yo La Tengo
Released October 5, 1993
Genre
Length 48:36
Label Matador
Producer
  • Fred Brockman
  • Roger Moutenot
Yo La Tengo chronology
May I Sing with Me
(1992)
Painful
(1993)
Electr-O-Pura
(1995)
Singles from Painful
  1. "Big Day Coming"
    Released: 30 September 1993
  2. "From a Motel 6"
    Released: 7 January 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide A−[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
NME 8/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 9.6/10[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[8]

Painful is the sixth studio album by American indie rock band Yo La Tengo, released in 1993 by record label Matador, their first for the label.

Content[edit]

The album marked a creative shift from Yo La Tengo's previous work, blending atmospheric and ambient sounds with their famous noise jams. Painful features a much more melodic-driven Yo La Tengo in its hazy, dream-like songwriting.

Two versions of the track "Big Day Coming" are present on the album and display the range of musical stylings Yo La Tengo works with; the first version features a simple organ melody accompanied by a soft bass counterpoint and Kaplan's guitar feedback echoing in the background, while the second version is a much more straightforward, shoegaze style with an accompanying organ solo towards the latter part of the song.

Release[edit]

On 2 December 2014, the album was reissued with bonus material as Extra Painful, available on double CD, double vinyl and as a digital download. [9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
1. "Big Day Coming"  
  • Ira Kaplan
Kaplan 7:04
2. "From a Motel 6"  
  • Ira Kaplan
  • Georgia Hubley
Hubley 4:08
3. "Double Dare"  
  • Ira Kaplan
Kaplan 3:28
4. "Superstar-Watcher"  
  • Yo La Tengo
  1:42
5. "Nowhere Near"  
  • Georgia Hubley
Hubley 6:01
6. "Sudden Organ"  
  • Ira Kaplan
Kaplan 4:42
7. "A Worrying Thing"  
  • Ira Kaplan
Kaplan 2:53
8. "I Was the Fool Beside You for Too Long"  
  • Yo La Tengo
Kaplan 5:04
9. "The Whole of the Law"  
  • Hubley
  • Kaplan
2:19
10. "Big Day Coming"  
  • Ira Kaplan
Kaplan 4:14
11. "I Heard You Looking"  
  • Yo La Tengo
  7:01
Notes
  • An exact reproduction of the original single Shaker 7" came with the vinyl edition.
  • 15 additional bonus tracks were available for download

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Yo La Tengo – Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. "Painful – Yo La Tengo". AllMusic. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Yo La Tengo: Painful". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  5. ^ "Yo La Tengo: Painful". Entertainment Weekly: 54. October 8, 1993. 
  6. ^ "Yo La Tengo: Painful". NME: 29. November 6, 1993. 
  7. ^ Berman, Stuart (December 2, 2014). "Yo La Tengo: Extra Painful". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 896. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  9. ^ Cosloy, Gerard. "Yo La Tengo > Coming December 2 : Yo La Tengo's 'Extra Painful' 2XLP / 2XCD". Matador Records. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 

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