I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass
by Yo La Tengo
Released: Sep 2006
Yo La Tengo's 12th album is almost as awesome as its title. The 12-string electric guitar leads on "The Race Is on Again" recall the Byrds' live take on "Eight Miles High," and "Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind" boasts seizure-inducing psychedelic guitar leads a la Hawkwind's Space Ritual. Weeping string arrangements, sparse piano notes and homesick lyrics make "I Feel like Going Home" the saddest thing they've recorded since "Tears Are In Your Eyes," and the falsetto harmonies, big band horns and Vince Guaraldi-inspired piano give "Mr. Tough" a late-'90s Beck vibe.