Yo La Tango - Popular Songs (3 stars)

Yo La Tango - Popular Songs


There was a time when a new offering from Yo La Tengo was reason to rejoice, but these days the Hoboken indie veterans seem to be distinctly treading water, slowly refining and reworking their past sound without creating anything too startlingly new. Fans will still warm to the dream-pop of ‘Avalon Or Someone Very Similar’, the surfy garage of ‘Nothing to Hide’ and the knockabout slink-funk of ‘Periodically Double Or Triple’, but they’re unlikely to recruit new fans to the fold. ‘If It’s True’ is a flash of Motown-infused pop brilliance, but that track aside, this feels a tad like YLT by numbers.

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