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Yo La Tengo's James McNew joins Michael Cudahy and Liz Cox of Christmas on the duo's final record before their mutation into lounge-swingers Combustible Edison. Clearly, the Christmas guise had already run its course; gone is the band's interest in hooks and catchy pop structures, with the majority of the songs consisting as chorus-free vessels for the group's odd stories and lyrics. Vortex sounds great, but there's no substance to it whatsoever.

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