Album Review: Pavement – Quarantine The Past: The Best of Pavement

March 15, 2010

Pavement - Quarantine The PastTitle: Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement
Artist: Pavement
Label: Matador
Release Date: Out Now (9 March 2010)
In One Word: Roots

Pavement are back, reclaiming their rightful place in the music scene with a “best of” album. The title for this album, Quarantine The Past, was taken from their song “Gold Soundz”, and is amusing, since they were active from the late 80’s to the early 00’s. For the most part, the songs on this album are calmer and more relaxed than most of today’s music. The lyrics reveal the play on words, irony and angst that Pavement is known for. I felt the songs chosen for this album truly gave the listener a good feel for who this band was and is.

This album sounds so modern, even though it was written years ago, proving Pavement to be one of the early forces in today’s indie/alternative scene. Being that this music was not really geared for my generation, more so for generation x, I am interested to see what this music will stir up in today’s crowd with the release of this album.

Pavement have recently started working on a world tour and are set to play Coachella this April.

© Lindsay Goodwin, Music Vice


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