I'm Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Three years after the breezy and sunny but ultimately homogeneous Summer Sun, Yo La Tengo rebound with the most diverse and comprehensive album of their long and storied career. I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass contains everything that one could want from a Yo La Tengo album -- epic feedback freakouts, introspective ballads, bouncy R&B, jangly garage rock, hypnotic soundscapes -- along with some adventurous new twists something else we have come to expect from Yo La Tengo throughout their 22-year career. Sprawling through 15 tracks and pushing 80 minutes, I Am Not Afraid of You uses more piano and horns than previous YLT albums: Check the jazzy, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Three years after the breezy and sunny but ultimately homogeneous Summer Sun, Yo La Tengo rebound with the most diverse and comprehensive album of their long and storied career. I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass contains everything that one could want from a Yo La Tengo album -- epic feedback freakouts, introspective ballads, bouncy R&B, jangly garage rock, hypnotic soundscapes -- along with some adventurous new twists something else we have come to expect from Yo La Tengo throughout their 22-year career. Sprawling through 15 tracks and pushing 80 minutes, I Am Not Afraid of You uses more piano and horns than previous YLT albums: Check the jazzy, falsetto "Sometimes I Don't Get You" and the chamber pop orchestration of "Black Flowers." Somehow the Hoboken, New Jersey, trio of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew manage to make their eclecticism flow coherently, whether it's an 11-minute Kaplan guitar excursion "Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind"; a toe-tapping horn-and-piano ditty "Beanbag Chair"; a lovely Hubley ballad laced with violin "I Feel Like Going Home"; or a seriously fun soul homage, complete with Stax/Volt-style horns "Mr. Tough" -- and those are just the album's first four songs. Yo La Tengo are the quintessential indie-rock band, and I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass is quintessential Yo La Tengo.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After the elegant, introspective romantic narratives of And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out and the beautifully crafted but restrained pop textures of Summer Sun, it was hard not to wonder if Yo La Tengo was ever going to turn up the amps and let Ira Kaplan go nuts on guitar again. For more than a few fans "Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind," the opening cut from YLT's 2006 album I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass, will feel like the reassuring sound of a homecoming -- ten minutes of noisy six-string freak-out, with James McNew's thick, malleable basslines and Georgia Hubley's simple but subtly funky drumming providing a rock-solid framework for Kaplan's enthusiastic fret abuse. After the thematic and sonic consistency of their previous two major albums, I Am Not Afraid marks a return to the joyous eclecticism of 1997's I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One, though nearly ten years down the road Yo La Tengo sounds noticeably more confident in their embrace of different styles and less hesitant in their technique on this album -- even Kaplan's gloriously unkempt guitar solos start to suggest a certain degree of well-earned professionalism. The songs also sound a shade less playful and more disciplined, though the group's ability to bring their distinct personality to so many different styles attests to their continuing love of this music and the quiet strength of their vision -- the neo-Byrds-ian psychedelia of "The Race Is on Again," the homey horn-punctuated pop of "Beanbag Chair," the plaintive folk-rock on "Black Flowers," the aggressive Farfisa-fueled minimalisms of "The Room Got Heavy," and "Daphina," which suggests a John Fahey track transcribed to piano and then used as the root for a eight-minute exercise in low-key atmospherics, all function on a different level and each one satisfies. What's both engaging and impressive about I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass is that, as usual, these 15 songs always end up sounding like Yo La Tengo, whether they're upbeat guitar pop or dense loop-based drones, and if there's a bit less childlike élan here than in the past, there's also an intelligence and joy that confirms Yo La Tengo is still one of the great treasures of American indie rock, and they haven't run out of ideas or the desire to make them flesh in the studio just yet.
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
Twenty years after their debut, Yo La Tengo are in full command.
Entertainment Weekly - Will Hermes
Digesting the jazzy experiments of recent projects... they embellish what they long ago mastered: making shaggy, dreamy, cuddly, explosive indie rock. (A)
San Francisco Chronicle - Neva Chonin
The album is often eclectic to the point of chaos. But what lovely chaos it is.

Twenty years after their debut, Yo La Tengo are in full command.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • Label: Matador Records
  • UPC: 744861069225
  • Catalog Number: 10692
  • Sales rank: 41,568

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yo La Tengo Primary Artist
Steven Herrman Trumpet
Jim Hoke Saxophone
David Mansfield Violin
Roger Moutenot Acoustic Guitar
Garo Yellin Cello
Bill Huber Trombone, Euphonium
Technical Credits
Yo La Tengo Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Roger Moutenot Producer
Gary Panter Cover Painting
Abraham Kaplan Contributor
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