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Pavement

Quarantine the Past (Matador)

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What is there really to say about Pavement that already has not been said, except that if you own the band’s albums already than this low-priced career retrospective is redundant and offers nothing new (except maybe for the neato artwork). Not a single “unreleased” scrap or live recording---much of that came on the better deluxe re-issues. The track list is basically what you would expect to see on a best-of compilation (with few notable omissions)---namely, all the hits from a band that wrote many hits but never had one. So those of you who have yet to discover how truly exceptional (and influential) Pavement were, make this your entrance point but then proceed to immediately get everything else.

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