Two decades on, Yo La Tengo remain true to their Velvet Underground roots, leading off I Am Not Afraid with “Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind,” a magnificent ten-minute tsunami of guitar noise. Elsewhere, Ira Kaplan’s crew opts for diversity, flitting gracefully from ornery psychobilly to falsetto soul to twinkling folk rock. But that opening salvo — and its furious twin, “The Story of Yo La Tango” — are the tracks you’ll return to again and again.
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