Brighten the Corners

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Brighten the Corners
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 11, 1997
RecordedJuly 15–30, 1996
StudioPiedmont Triad Studio[1]
GenreIndie rock
Length46:10
LabelMatador Records/Capitol Records (original 1997 US release)
Matador Records (1999 US reissue)
Domino Recording Company (UK)
Rough Trade Records (Germany)
Flying Nun Records (New Zealand)
Producer
Pavement chronology
Pacific Trim
(1996)
Brighten the Corners
(1997)
Shady Lane
(1997)
Singles from Brighten the Corners
  1. "Stereo"
    Released: January 27, 1997
  2. "Shady Lane"
    Released: June 10, 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[3]
Christgau's Consumer GuideA[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB[5]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[6]
NME6/10[7]
Pitchfork8.6/10[8]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide5/5 stars[10]
Spin8/10[11]

Brighten the Corners is the fourth studio album by American indie rock band Pavement, released in 1997. All songs were written by lead singer Stephen Malkmus, apart from Scott Kannberg's "Date with Ikea" and "Passat Dream". After their last release, Wowee Zowee, Pavement’s drummer, Bob Nastanovich, said of this album, “We were going to go into people’s rooms and brighten their corners with music.”

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Stephen Malkmus, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Stereo" 3:07
2."Shady Lane / J vs. S" 3:50
3."Transport Is Arranged" 3:52
4."Date w/ IKEA"Scott Kannberg2:39
5."Old to Begin" 3:22
6."Type Slowly" 5:20
7."Embassy Row" 3:51
8."Blue Hawaiian" 3:33
9."We Are Underused" 4:12
10."Passat Dream"Scott Kannberg3:51
11."Starlings of the Slipstream" 3:08
12."Fin" (Listed as "Infinite Spark" on non-US pressings) 5:24
Total length:46:10

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[12] 64
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[13] 50
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[14] 38
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 56
UK Albums (OCC)[16] 27
US Billboard 200[17] 70

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak position
UK
[18]
"Stereo" 1997 48
"Shady Lane" 40

Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition[edit]

Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition
Compilation album by
ReleasedDecember 9, 2008
RecordedJuly 15, 1996 to
August 21, 1997
GenreIndie rock
Length154:37
LabelMatador
Pavement chronology
Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition
(2006)
Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition
(2008)
Live Europaturnén MCMXCVII
(2008)

Matador Records released an expanded two-CD edition of the album under the title Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition on December 9, 2008.[19] It contains the band's fourth album, Brighten the Corners (1997), in its entirety, as well as 32 of the band's other songs from that era, 18 of which were previously unreleased. The initial pre-order offer from Matador Records also included the band's previously unreleased live album, Live Europaturnén MCMXCVII, on 12" vinyl.

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic92/100[20]
Review scores
SourceRating
The A.V. ClubB[21]
Blender4/5 stars[22]
The Boston Phoenix4/4 stars[23]
Entertainment WeeklyA[24]
Mojo4/5 stars[25]
Pitchfork8.7/10[26]
PopMatters9/10[27]
Q4/5 stars[28]
Rolling Stone4.5/5 stars[29]
Uncut5/5 stars[30]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

Brighten the Corners

  1. "Stereo"
  2. "Shady Lane / J Vs. S"
  3. "Transport Is Arranged"
  4. "Date w/ IKEA"
  5. "Old to Begin"
  6. "Type Slowly"
  7. "Embassy Row"
  8. "Blue Hawaiian"
  9. "We Are Underused"
  10. "Passat Dream"
  11. "Starlings of the Slipstream"
  12. "Fin"

Brighten The Corners outtakes

  1. "And Then (The Hexx)" (Originally released as the b-side to "Spit on a Stranger" (OLE-384-7) in May 1999, but presented here is the unedited full version, previously unreleased. It was initially planned to be the opening track to Brighten the Corners.)
  2. "Beautiful as a Butterfly"
  3. "Cataracts"

Stereo single

  1. "Westie Can Drum"
  2. "Winner of the"
  3. "Birds in the Majic Industry" (previously unreleased full length vocal version)

Spit on a Stranger single (included here since both were recorded and mixed during Brighten the Corners sessions)

  1. "Harness Your Hopes"
  2. "Roll with the Wind"

Disc two[edit]

Shady Lane single

  1. "Slowly Typed"
  2. "Cherry Area"
  3. "Wanna Mess You Around"
  4. "No Tan Lines"

BBC Radio One Evening Session, January 15, 1997

  1. "And Then (The Hexx)" (previously unreleased)
  2. "Harness Your Hopes" (previously unreleased)
  3. "The Killing Moon" (released on Major Leagues EP)
  4. "Winner of the" (previously unreleased)

Brighten The Corners outtakes

  1. "Embassy Row Psych Intro" (previously unreleased)
  2. "Nigel" (previously unreleased)
  3. "Chevy (Old to Begin)" (previously unreleased mix)
  4. "Roll with the Wind (Roxy)" (previously unreleased mix)

God Save The Clean: A Tribute to the Clean, Flying Nun Records compilation

  1. "Odditty"

Tibetan Freedom Concert compilation

  1. "Type Slowly" (live)

KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic, February 25, 1997

  1. "Neil Hagerty Meets Jon Spencer in a Non-Alcoholic Bar" (previously unreleased)
  2. "Destroy Mater Dei" (previously unreleased)
  3. "It's A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl"
  4. "Maybe Maybe"

BBC Radio One John Peel Live Session, August 21, 1997

  1. "Date w/ IKEA" (previously unreleased)
  2. "Fin" (previously unreleased)
  3. "Grave Architecture" (previously unreleased)
  4. "The Classical" (released on Major Leagues EP)

WFNX Studios, February 12, 1997

  1. "Space Ghost Theme I" (previously unreleased)
  2. "Space Ghost Theme II" (previously unreleased)

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