Fade is the most direct, personal and cohesive album of Yo La Tengo's career. The album is a tapestry of fine melody and elegant noise, rhythmic shadowplay and shy-eyed orchestral beauty, songfulness and experimentation. It weaves themes of aging, personal tragedy and emotional bonds into a fully-realized whole.
"Nothing ever stays the same / Nothing's explained," the band sing in unison on the reflective opening track "Ohm". "We try not to lose our hearts / Not to lose our minds." It's a straightforward sentiment for a band who prefer private intimation to forceful expression. It makes the song's resistance to resignation feel that much more earned.