Yo La Tengo: Popular Songs | CD review

(Matador)

Alt-rock veterans Yo La Tengo are self-confessed music geeks, and at times their 12th album feels less like a coherent collection of songs than a game of record store bingo. Musical reference points are introduced and checked off - the minimal funk of "Periodically Double or Triple", the soul of the Supremes-indebted "If It's True" - and though the results are expertly crafted, they generally sound too studied to engage. Instead, it's when the trio revert to their default setting of languorous alt-pop - as on "When It's Dark" and the hazy sadness of "By Two's" - that they show why they are such a cherished indie institution.

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