Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain - Review
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critics' view

“Crooked Rain, that’s the album where I played the most with the California references,” Stephen Malkmus told me a couple of months ago. “The imagery is West Coast, even though it was recorded in New York and I was living there and in Charlottesville.” In so many ways, Crooked Rain is the secret twin brother of the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique, another coming-of-age album where the youth/adulthood divide mirrors the West Coast/East Coast divide. Except the coasts get flipped — just as the Beasties wrote “Hello Brooklyn” as homesick New Yorkers exiled to L.A., Malkmus had to go east to a Greenpoint loft to sing, “We got deserts, we got trees, we got the hills of Beverly.”

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