Pavement: Wowee Zowee 2x12"

Matador Records


WOWEE ZOWEE is a knowing, minor-key discombobulation of heavy post-punk and rock experimentalism amidst a slew of expansive country-rock songs. Production-wise, it's a clean record, a step closer to the mainstream. Structure-wise, it's a step away. You can easily read this sound as a reaction to Pavement suddenly having turned into a hot commercial commodity after 1994's critically praised CROOKED RAIN, CROOKED RAIN. Pavement is now a next-big-thing that doesn't want to be one. Both in structure and lyrics, songs like "Rattled By The Rush," "Brinx Job" and "Serpentine Pad" sneer at thoughtless alt-rock careerism, even as they try to figure out a way to survive it with the soul intact.
Tags: 90s indie reissues