Marc Weingarten
November 12, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Indie Rock

We gave it a B+

Pavement’s second record represents that brief interval in 1994 when this slouchy band got a good MTV buzz going with its sardonically catchy anti-style anthem, ”Cut Your Hair.” Alas, buzzes don’t last, and neither did Pavement. But Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain represents front-man Steve Malkmus’ high-water mark as a snarky color commentator on plastic pop culture. And the extras — including demos, unreleased tracks, and a John Peel session — give mucho bang for the buck.

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