Lee Ranaldo - Between The Times And The Tides

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Between The Times And The Tides is the ninth studio album by American alternative rock musician Lee Ranaldo, released in March 2012 by Matador Records.

On Between The Times And The Tides, Ranaldo expands on the brooding qualities in his music as first evidenced in his Sonic Youth days with tracks like “Mote”’ and “Hey Joni”, and reveals new ones.

Some of these songs could have been fine additions to a Sonic Youth album, particularly "Xtina As I Knew Her" which, with its expansive swath and dark, dissonant solos swirling around the plainspoken clarity of his vocals, comes the closest to Ranaldo's work with the band. Meanwhile, his unabashed romanticism continues with "Stranded", where he sighs over pedal steel, "I long for your lips".

Like any good solo album, this shows off Ranaldo's different aspects, but he arguably goes even farther afield of his prescribed role in Sonic Youth than his bandmates do in many of their extracurricular projects. Between The Times And The Tides displays a strong and surprising classic rock streak: "Waiting On A Dream" begins the album with a darkly trippy raga complete with backward guitars and tablas that evokes the Stones' "Paint It Black", while "Tomorrow Never Comes"' tumbling rhythm and eloquent solos feel akin to the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows".

Ranaldo gets downright hippie-ish, in a good way, on the psychedelic "Angles" and "Shouts," which pairs violent words with a hypnotic melody and a spoken word description of a riot that feels like '60s, '90s, and 2010s protests layered atop each other.

Between The Times And The Tides also reveals that he can write a straightforward pop song just as well, if not better, than songwriters who aren't from his avant/experimental background. "Off The Wall" is one such standout, with carefully crafted lyrics that don't detract from its endearing melody; "Lost" is another, and another example of the poetic empathy that sets his songwriting apart.

Ranaldo ventures even farther on the folksy "Hammer Blows" and "Fire Island (Phases)" a suite of psych-rock, country-rock, and swooning soft rock miniatures, and sounds just as comfortable on both tracks as he does on the album's more expected territory.

Between The Times And The Tides cements Ranaldo's role as a dreamer and poet who can remain true to himself and reveal new things at the same time.

Check out the tracks: “Off The Wall” and “Shouts”.

This Limited Edition LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with a digital download is pressed in the USA on coloured vinyl.








Waiting On A Dream



Off The Wall



Xtina As I Knew Her






Hammer Blows



Fire Island (Phases)



Lost (Planet Nice)



Shouts (Vocals – Leah Singer)






Tomorrow Never Comes


SKU 744861098010
Record Label Matador Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number OLE 1980-1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 20 March 2012
Original Release Date (Year) 20 March 2012
Barcode # 744861098010
Shipping Weight 0.3250kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Coloured Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Coloured
Genre Rock
Genre Alternative Rock
Genre Indie Rock

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