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"Kozee Heart," one of the singles collected on Pulpo!, begins with a dedication: "This song was inspired by Steve Malkmus and the magic of Pavement. But before you write in and start taking the piss out of us, just remember: we could be doing this all the time." Which is not to say that Yatsura sounds like Pavement, in the end -- they're simply adopted the off-kilter slop-rock of songs like "Cut Your Hair" and revved it up into some of the loosest, most fun rock around. Strangely enough, this formula works better on Pulpo! than on We Are Yatsura, the band's full album from the same period -- largely because Yatsura are better at penning reckless pop tunes than writing the sorts of songs that give an album depth and variety. Some of the great singles on Pulpo! -- which throw together Sonic Youth-style noise, snottiness that puts even early Pavement to shame, and a rushing pop sensibility worth of Ash -- are good proof of this.

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