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Boomkat Product Review:
In the style of 2004's incredible 2cd re-issue of the Pavement classic 'Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain', Matador and Domino have finally seen fit to issue one of Pavement's most disputed albums, 1994's 'Wowee Zowee' with a wealth of bonus material. Again making up 2 jam packed discs, along with the original 18 track album we have 31 bonus tracks... that's a lot of Pavement and did I say it was great stuff too? Well I've always been a vocal supporter of Wowee Zowee, with tracks like 'Rattled by the Rush', 'At&T' and 'Fight this Generation' nestling well in-between short punky skits such as 'Flux = Rad' and 'Serpentine Pad' it makes for a devilishly obtuse listening experience and is far more angular than Pavement ever managed before or would manage later. Some fans reckon this is their best ever moment and some of course think it's their most glaring mis-step, but if anything this box-set just shows how it has improved with time. As more and more bands look to experimental rock to show them the way and assimilate their sound into the pop rock oeuvre, 'Wowee Zowee' makes progressively more sense. Notably Blur re-packaged Pavement for the disillusioned late 90s with their 'Wowee Zowee' sound-alike anthem 'Song 2' and their self titled album, but still Pavement don't get the credit they truly deserve. Maybe now, packaged with a rather lovely book of 'art' and a few albums worth of bonus material people will re-assess the album and maybe the band themselves, but it probably won't happen - more's the pity. Instead we have the young folk all buying My Chemical Romance teeshirts and video promos and singing to the stars in disillusionment when really all they need is a bit of abstraction from our indie lord Stephen Malkmus. I don't think I really need to say any more about this album, you're going to buy it simply because it's unmissably good, with the bonus tracks merely showing how much the band had going for them - they rarely put a foot wrong.