Album: Pavement, Brighten the Corners, (Domino)

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From 1994-1999, nobody wanted to hear American music.

A necessary cultural amputation at the time, but in retrospect, numerous fine records by US bands were neglected. One of them was 1997's 'Brighten the Corners', the fourth studio album from those icons of intellectual slacker rock, Pavement. The reissued double-disc edition includes several unreleased tracks, but the high points are on the album proper: the fondly remembered "Shady Lane", and the wonky opener "Stereo".

Pick of the album: A Rush and a push: the wonderful 'Stereo'