Leah Greenblatt
December 03, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition

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Music
Current Status
In Season
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Rock

We gave it an A

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. A

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