Pavement - Wowee Zowee

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:1995-04-07

Their most willfully oblique and bizarre release, Wowee Zowee sees Pavement eschewing the noisy pop aesthetic of Slanted And Enchanted and straight-forward songs of Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain to delve deeper into the warped psyche of their deliciously odd music. Songs like "Rattled By The Rush" are still as lovely as always, with Steve Malkmus's melodious vocals coasting over lo-fi guitar fuzz; but elsewhere, the music flits from folk to music-hall twee to country with disorientating abandon. It's a fragmented and highly cryptic ride; and in typically perverse Pavement fashion, it is only after repeated listens that the kaleidoscope of musical styles start to slot into place. Those who persevere, however, will find their efforts richly rewarded. --Amber Cowan

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