Yo La Tengo
I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

Reviewed by: Mike Powell
Reviewed on: 2006-09-15

Posted 09/15/2006 - 10:05:36 AM by gnarles:
 I have to disagree here - this is easily one of the best records Yo La Tengo have ever done, and one of the best anyone will release this year - but at least Stylus didn't totally fall into their contrarian routine of slapping it with a C- or something because the acclaim is so huge. That's a far worse habit than making consistenly good records, after all.
Posted 09/15/2006 - 11:29:44 AM by acid_puppy:
 Good review, first one i read not to get caught up in hype and just take it for what it is. Yo La Tengo doing what they do best; themselves.
Posted 09/15/2006 - 04:04:14 PM by jhitting:
 This is Yo La Tengo on autopilot, and what a smooth ride it is. cwperry, go fuck yourself.
Posted 09/26/2006 - 03:49:55 PM by downloadsofist:
 "Self Portrait" was released nine years into Dylan's career; "Street Legal" 17. Stones went disco 15 years into their career; "Modern Sounds in Country & Western" was 13 years into Ray Charles career.
Posted 09/26/2006 - 03:52:08 PM by downloadsofist:
 Re "Self Portrait" -- Dylan was only 28 when he recorded that stuff!
Posted 09/26/2006 - 03:58:33 PM by downloadsofist:
 good review, though.
Posted 09/27/2006 - 12:59:10 PM by mikepowell:
 downloadsofist: you're absolutely right, of course. My point wasn't to say that they recorded those albums 20 years into their careers, but that *by the time they'd been making music for 20 years,* they'd taken several huge artistic risks, whereas YLT has stuck pretty close to home (which, again, is fine).
Posted 10/22/2006 - 09:31:46 PM by Travis_Parker:
 I think this record is fine, and a great one to listen to. I got into two twenty year-old bands this year, Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo. With both I started with their 2006 release and moved backward. I mean, Rather Ripped is my favorite record of the year. It would have stayed in my top 15 all time if I hadn't gotten Daydream Nation, Sonic Nurse, Murray Street, Dirty, and Goo all in a 3 month period and listened to them for 5 months straight. I'm still getting into Yo La Tengo, but the first and last songs off of I am Not Afraid are so brilliant, and I absolutely adore them. Also, I have the '97 release, which is just as interesting for me to listen to. I really love this band right now, and this is definitely top 5 of the year for me, although I've only listened to half the records I'd like to. Ergh.