Thursday, May 14, 2009
19. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain - Pavement, 1994 (Best of the 90s)
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Talk about writing the indie-rock handbook, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain could’ve been released last week, not eighteen years ago. Undoubtedly more commercial than previous material, this record found Pavement at the height of hipness, writing classic tunes like ‘Gold Soundz’ while taking shots at The Smashing Pumpkins on ‘Ranch Life’. Despite how harmonious and musically approachable this material is, Malkmus’ lyrical curveballs had only strengthened in obscure details, keeping their singles better suited to college radio than mainstream culture. Although I’ve heard other Pavement albums, Crooked Rain… is the only one I’ve bothered owning. It’s something I plan to remedy eventually, but in the meantime, I can attest that if there’s a Pavement record to start with, it’s this one.