CD Review: Condo Fucks

Fuckbook (Matador)

At this point, Yo La Tengo are an indie-rock institution. The trio's combination of sunny pop and screechy guitar-rock has made the group a staple on the indie scene since the '80s. The New Jersey band's latest is covers album released under the name Condo Fucks. The difference between this and the full-time gig? Think of the lo-fi recording aesthetic of Columbus band Times New Viking. This overdriven, stripped-down approach works well, considering the material being covered. Tracks by the Troggs, Richard Hell, the Kinks and the Small Faces all show up in raw, first-take glory, like some California garage band dropped a mic on the floor in their practice space and hit "record." It's a charming mix of spontaneity, garbled pop and bare-bones production that'll have rock purists' hearts all aflutter. Ultimately, these jittery blasts of rock 'n' roll won't satisfy those looking for Yo La Tengo's detailed songwriting and instrumental variation.

Matt Whelihan

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