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Albums Of The Week: Pavement | Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal + Spit On A Stranger Expanded Edition

Come for the slacker kings' superb final album. Stay for dozens of unearthed gems.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Pavement’s Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal is an exhaustive 45-track set featuring the remastered original 1999 album, along with B-sides, home demos, rehearsal tapes, era-appropriate live recordings, and even the rough tracks from a scrapped session at Sonic Youth’s Echo Canyon studio. Altogether, it features 28 unreleased tracks.

Originally released in 1999, Terror Twilight marked a departure from Pavement’s established operating methods. Which is to say that it was recorded with a big-time producer — Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, U2, Paul McCartney) — in an expensive studio. However, for all the talk of “polish” and “precision,” it’s still very much a Pavement record. And a great one. Like every Pavement album that preceded it, Terror Twilight thrills and confounds. Often at the same time. More than 22 years after its initial release, the songs remain moody, strange, and eminently deserving of re-celebration.

The release will include a book with never-before-seen photos and commentary/context from band members Mark Ibold, Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich, Spiral Stairs and Steve West, as well as Godrich. The LP restores the producer’s suggested sequence — which foregrounds the album’s headiest songs — while the CD preserves the final track order assembled by the band.

Also arriveing at the same time: An expanded edition of Pavement’s Spit On A Stranger EP. It includes the viral phenomenon Harness Your Hopes and a previously unreleased live take from the band’s legendary 1999 Brixton performance.”