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Album: Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement (2 LP) [Vinyl]
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Gold Soundz More Info... 0:02
2)    Frontwards More Info... 0:03
3)    Mellow Jazz Docent More Info... 0:02
4)    Stereo More Info... 0:03
5)    In the Mouth a Desert More Info... 0:03
6)    Two States More Info... 0:01
7)    Cut Your Hair More Info... 0:03
8)    Shady Lane/J Vs. S More Info... 0:04
9)    Here More Info... 0:04
10)    Unfair More Info... 0:02
11)    Grounded More Info... 0:04
12)    Summer Babe (Winter Version) More Info... 0:03
13)    Range Life More Info... 0:05
14)    Date W/Ikea More Info... 0:02
15)    Debris Slide More Info... 0:02
16)    Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse) More Info... 0:03
17)    Spit On a Stranger More Info... 0:03
18)    Heaven Is a Truck More Info... 0:02
19)    Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite at :17 More Info... 0:03
20)    Embassy Row More Info... 0:04
21)    Box Elder More Info... 0:02
22)    Unseen Power of the Picket Fence More Info... 0:04
23)    Fight This Generation More Info... 0:04
 

Album: Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement (2 LP) [Vinyl]
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Gold Soundz More Info... 0:02
2)    Frontwards More Info... 0:03
3)    Mellow Jazz Docent More Info... 0:02
4)    Stereo More Info... 0:03
5)    In the Mouth a Desert More Info... 0:03
6)    Two States More Info... 0:01
7)    Cut Your Hair More Info... 0:03
8)    Shady Lane/J Vs. S More Info... 0:04
9)    Here More Info... 0:04
10)    Unfair More Info... 0:02
11)    Grounded More Info... 0:04
12)    Summer Babe (Winter Version) More Info... 0:03
13)    Range Life More Info... 0:05
14)    Date W/Ikea More Info... 0:02
15)    Debris Slide More Info... 0:02
16)    Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse) More Info... 0:03
17)    Spit On a Stranger More Info... 0:03
18)    Heaven Is a Truck More Info... 0:02
19)    Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite at :17 More Info... 0:03
20)    Embassy Row More Info... 0:04
21)    Box Elder More Info... 0:02
22)    Unseen Power of the Picket Fence More Info... 0:04
23)    Fight This Generation More Info... 0:04
 
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  • Pavement's first compilation takes its title from a lyric Stephen Malkmus sings on "Gold Soundz," a line about how "you can never quarantine the past" -- which, of course, is precisely what a retrospective like this intends to do, to present a nice, tidy overview to accompany the group's 2010 reunion. Of course, it's always difficult to assemble a best-of package for a band that never had any hits, and Pavement only had one -- 1994's alt rock puncturing "Cut Your Hair" -- which means it's possible to endlessly quibble about the other 22 tracks on Quarantine the Past, especially since the compilers decided to leave the singles "Father to a Sister of Thought," "Rattled by the Rush," and "Carrot Rope" behind, and fan favorite Wowee Zowee is represented by just two tracks, the same number culled from the 1992 EP Watery, Domestic. That might seem an idiosyncratic choice, but there's no arguing that "Frontwards" and "Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse)" should be here alongside "Here," "Summer Babe," "Box Elder," "Debris Slide," "Grounded," "Trigger Cut," "Range Life," "Shady Lane," and "Stereo," the songs that provide the foundation of any strong Pavement overview. And while it's possible to make strong arguments that some of the surrounding tracks should have been replaced by other songs -- not just the aforementioned singles, but anything from "Forklift" to "The Hexx" -- everything here is excellent, everything illustrates the range and depth of the best indie rock band of the `90s. So, think of Quarantine the Past as a cousin to Hot Rocks or the Red and Blue Albums: it doesn't tell you everything you need to know, but as a primer, it's hard to beat. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.92) - "[L]oose, lo-fi, casually graceful."

Kerrang (Magazine) (p.50) - "[T]oday, thee songs and their lightness of touch are still remarkable."

Paste (magazine) (p.91) - "Mixing deathless classics with a few non-album gems, it's a near-ideal primer on the savviest slacker-rock band ever."

Pitchfork (Website) - "The very best Pavement songs delight in curiosity and imagination, drawing connections between images and ideas as if everything in the world was full of character and significance."

Uncut (magazine) - "You can hear the band get tighter, chops get slightly slicker....They're a reminder of the indie band as enduring public enigma..."
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