Pavement's extraordinary fifth album is their first recorded on 24 tracks and the first produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead's OK Computer, Beck's Mutations). The result is a spacious, detailed sound bigger than any previous Pavement record. The guitars are crystalline, the highs and lows clearly separated.
The varied Terror Twilight layers soaring vocal melodies over Ringo Starr tempo changes, blues jams with the swing of the Groundhogs, and early 70s classic rock tropes from Don McLean to the James Gang. No mere compendium of influences, this album's awareness of rock history lends it epic proportions. One could compare it to Loaded or Abbey Road for its effortless juxtaposition of the ordinary and the bizarre, for placing a warmhearted pop song like "Spit On A Stranger" next to the ominous Black Sabbath-inspired epic "The Hexx." It sounds simple and natural, the work of musicians who listen to records and think.