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Pavement: Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition (Album Review)

Fans of the ’90s’ preeminent lo-fi-literati rockers tend to divide themselves like different gangs from The Warriors — some are fiercely loyal to the clean accessibility of 1994’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, others to ’95’s more jammy, obtuse Wowee Zowee. But ’97’s ”mainstream”-friendly Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition, now reissued with 32 extra tracks, is a trove of effortless pleasures, from the pogo-party frolic ”Stereo” to the rickety, fuzzed-up gem ”Date w/ Ikea.” Many of the unreleased, B-side, and cover tracks here are less immediate, but no less joyful for the Pavement completist. This is good stuff.. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.