REVIEW: Terror Twilight deluxe edition gives Pavement’s swansong a new life 

Pavement’s Terror Twilight marked the end of an era-defining run for one of the decade’s most important bands. 

A distinct change in style, led by the introduction of Nigel Godrich, fresh from his success with Radiohead’s OK Computer, offered Pavement a chance to create a commercial hit. 

Stephen Malkmus’ distinct songwriting style remains ever present, resulting in classic tracks that fit the slack rock mould they championed, however Godrich’s influence allowed them to explore more progressive sounds through longer track lengths and experimentation with synths. 

Their pursuit of a style remaining unique to them whilst continuing in their attempts to innovate resulted in internal conflicts, ultimately leading to their demise. Malkmus being the driving force in Pavement’s musical output continued to garner attention from record labels, leaving the rest of the band to be seen as less important. 

Terror Twilight therefore marks the end of a five-album career, a triumph in quick witted story telling and sonic exploration.

With their reunion tour on the horizon, 2022 is bringing us Terror Twilight’s deluxe edition, almost 23 years since it’s initial release. What went on to become the band’s swan song is receiving a new life through an array of outtakes and rehearsal sessions. On reflection, what appeared to be their most polarising album has become a cult classic. Their cleaner approach shows the change the band made from garage rock outsiders to a worldwide success. 

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