Yo La Tengo celebrates its 25th anniversary with the release of a new album, “Popular Songs,” on Tuesday.
TRIVIA: The New Jersey group also released a covers album in March under an unprintable pseudonym.
STANDOUTS: Bristly guitar and the clean sound of an organ make an ideal pair on the jaunty “Nothing to Hide.”
FANS DIG: Frayed cardigans.
ANDY SAYS: Yo La Tengo’s latest feels like a couple of albums in one. Unfortunately, it’s not a couple of good albums. “Popular Songs” starts strong with the low-hearted track “Here to Fall,” and then ably shifts gears on lighter numbers: the swagger of “Periodically Double or Triple” and the precious “If It’s True.” But the album closes with a trio of aimless songs that run a combined 37 minutes. Those are a slog.
Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3455, firstname.lastname@example.org.