Pavement - album review (3 stars)

Pavement

Wowee Zowee (Domino)

INDIE

This sprawling reissue of Pavement’s least accessible album is entirely in keeping with the indie doyens’ chaotically scattershot attitude to their craft. The original 18 tracks of the album are now thrown in with another 32 tunes spread over two discs, leaving things more haphazardly incoherent than ever. The original album material holds up well, suggesting it had more depth and quality than offhand fans and critics thought at the time. But the end result of adding all the B-sides, live recordings, sessions and outtakes is that the occasional gems are now buried in ever-increasing piles of piss-about dross. What’s the point of that?

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