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2013 album from the veteran alt rock band. “Fade” is the most direct, personal and cohesive album of Yo La Tengo’s career to date. Recorded with John McEntire at Soma Studios in Chicago, it recalls the sonic innovation and careful cohesion of 1997’s “I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One” and 2000’s “And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out.” The album is a tapestry of fine melody and elegant noise, rhythmic shadowplay and shy-eyed orchestral beauty, songfulness and experimentation, and it comes across as almost self-referential (before it returns to other reference points, such as those of the albums mentioned earlier). The songs here create a unified mood that lasts long after they’re over, and with this album, the band has developed not only a style, but a voice that is distinctly its own.