Sebadoh

III

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Along with Pavement's Slanted & Enchanted, Sebadoh III is one of the cornerstones of '90s indie rock, establishing the dubious lo-fi style as a credible subgenre. Though the recording techniques give the album a distinctive, hazy atmosphere, the music itself is fascinating. Divided between contributions from Lou Barlow, Eric Gaffney, and Jason Loewenstein, Sebadoh III doesn't necessarily offer a coherent listen. Instead, it's a variety of unexpected detours, with each track offering something different from what preceded. Barlow immediately distinguishes himself with his folky acoustic musings, which not only have sensitivity to spare, but also strong melodies. Gaffney, on the other hand, consigns himself to the role of hardcore noise rocker, often with varying results. Loewenstein falls between the two extremes, acting as a bridge between the two songwriters. With such a variety of styles and sounds, Sebadoh III is a kaleidoscopic summation of various American underground rock genres of the '80s, as well as a launching pad for the introspective obsessions of '90s indie rock.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:08 SpotifyAmazon
2 0:50 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:02 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:57 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:37 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:13 SpotifyAmazon
7 1:52 SpotifyAmazon
8 1:54 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:13 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:17 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:02 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:12 SpotifyAmazon
13 3:16 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:43 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:42 SpotifyAmazon
16 1:31 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:19 SpotifyAmazon
18 1:09 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:53 SpotifyAmazon
20 3:30 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:20 SpotifyAmazon
22 3:03 SpotifyAmazon
23 6:49 SpotifyAmazon
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