Pavement could’ve been the next Nirvana — they really were that good. But they walked away from stardom, and their artful ambivalence about the commodification of America’s cultural underground made them the living embodiment of the original indie-rock aesthetic. Now the lavish, expanded reissues of Pavement’s albums are redefining deluxe edition for the 21st century.
The band’s fourth (and last totally great) album, Brighten the Corners, comes out — in massively updated form — early next month: You’ll hear outtakes, covers, B-sides, and off-the-cuff stabs at a “Space Ghost” theme — and the in-studio radio sessions will make you feel as if you were catching the indie superstars in their prime. (The original album contained 12 tracks; this edition has 44.) Bonus: The two-CD set’s out on December 9, but advance orders also come with a live, vinyl-only LP.
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