Use With Headphones Late at Night: The Best of Tadpoles 1990-2000

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A career-spanning compilation that came out about a year after Hoboken space-rockers Tadpoles split up, Use With Headphones Late at Night: The Best of Tadpoles 1990-2000 is a fine overview of an underrated group of neo-psychedelicists. It's of limited use for established fans of the group -- it's simply four tracks from each of the band's four albums, plus the trippy instrumental "Judas, This Is Jesus" from 1997's Know Your Ghosts EP, with no unreleased or rare tracks -- but newcomers to the band will find it a well-chosen introduction to the group, from the Spacemen 3-derived psych-drones of 1994's He Fell Into the Sky through the poppier experiments of Far Out and Smoke Ghost (featuring, respectively, the vaguely Pink Floyd-ish "At Least I'm Not Like Jonathan Carver" and the gloriously fuzzy dream pop of "Jaded Jean," perhaps the band's two best works) to the band's career high point, 1999's masterful and varied Whirlaway, one of the finest psych-pop albums of the decade. While this is both an enjoyable listen and a good potted history, fans of the Bevis Frond/Spacemen 3 axis of bands and My Bloody Valentine should probably try one of the proper Tadpoles albums first; if you like one, you'll like them all, and picking the others up will obviate the need for this compilation.

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