Album Review: Yo La Tengo – Fade

Chris Ronalds 24 January 2013

Yo La Tengo – Fade

To those not so savvy with Spanish, “Yo La Tengo” means “I’ve got it”, and comes from the linguistic impediments of the Mets baseball team in the mid-60s. Album thirteen from the trio, which includes husband-and-wife team Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, is timid and fairly homogenous. Pick a chord, add an effects pedal, and mumble into the mic, that’ll do it. The clambering strings of ‘Before We Run’ add a little diversity, but you’re best off musing their tunes from yesteryear: point your ears to 2006’s simple and sweet ‘Mr. Tough’.

Chris Ronalds