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Real Emotional Trash

Stephen Malkmus & The JicksAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 4, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B0012IWHN2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,368 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dragonfly Pie
2. Hopscotch Willy
3. Cold Son
4. Real Emotional Trash
5. Out Of Reaches
6. Baltimore
7. Gardenia
8. Elmo Delmo
9. We Can't Help You
10. Wicked Wanda

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If you’ve never heard Stephen Malkmus, you might want to begin with one of the more accessible of his four solo albums, be it the self-titled debut or 2005’s watertight Face the Truth. But if you’re familiar with his individual work or that of his former band, Pavement, Real Emotional Trash will settle right in as the next chapter of the eccentric Portlander’s prolificacy. Leading the Jicks this time is ex-Sleater-Kinney drummer (and backing vocalist) Janet Weiss, who--while she never lets loose to pound her skins to oblivion--does manage to reel in the band on extended jams like that of the intricate "Elmo Delmo," a bluesy murder yarn called "Hopscotch Willie," or the sprawling 10-minute title track. Malkmus’s guitar fixation tends to overshadow his roguish, pop-sharp song craft this time around, with fewer catchy choruses and more axe-driven bypasses, save for the peculiar "Cold Son" and the joyful live-show staple "Gardenia." Then again, Trash's capriciousness and experimental willingness are what gave Malkmus an audience in the first place--and what promise to keep it coming back for more. --Scott Holter

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Stephen Malkmus has never made a record that covered nearly as much stylistic ground as this nor, it could be argued, has Stephen made an album until now that packed as much of an emotional (not nearly trashy enough for some) wallop. "Cold Son," "Out of Reaches" and "We Can't Help You" are amongst the more gorgeous, contemplative songs Malkmus has recorded, though we should stress a) there's no shortage of dark humor scattered through RET and b) Malkmus remains a sh*t-hot guitarist (ridiculously so).

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars People--give it a few listens, first! March 9, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Long story short--another excellent effort from Malkmus, in what's becoming a very rewarding solo career, more focused on pure songwriting and musicianship than his first gig (it's hard to believe that the # of Jicks discs is creeping up on the # of Pavement discs. Of course, that discounts all the b-sides, singles, outtakes, Peel sessions, etc. But I digress...)

Anyway, yes, this album is a little bit of a grower. Yes, some of the songs are quite long. But as one of the earlier comments suggested, the Jicks make the run-time worth it, and once you become familiar with some of the songs' twists and turns, tracks like 'Hopscotch Willie,' 'Baltimore,' and the glorious title track become the highlights of the album. Don't confuse the term 'jam' with endless, pointless solos. In each of the more discursive tracks, malkmus uses his instrumental prowess (and the newly amped-up Jicks, thanks to Janet Weiss) as a bridge to take the song from point A to B, rather than as mere navel gazing. So settle in and get familiar with these songs, the trip is worth it.

The shorter songs are just as nice, relying more on killer melodies, touching lyrics, and inventive arrangements to establish a variety of moods, from the somber "Cold Son" and "Out of Reaches" to the peppy and smitten "Gardenia."

Finally, I'd be remiss if I didn't expound just a little bit on the Jicks' new secret weapon, the aforementioned Ms. Weiss.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best Album Yet July 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
To explain just how deeply I love this album, let me tell you first off that I'm on my 2nd copy already! That's right, I wore out CD #1. This album rocks; shreds; cooks with gas. Glorious. Hallalujah brothers that there's a songwriter like Malkmus alive today! It's classic rock with indie lyrics. It sweeps, it swoops, it dives, it sings, it sways. Everybody should have a copy. The new Sgt. Pepper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not trashy at all June 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
If we classify music as art, we should recognize this definition of art: having the capacity to stimulate the senses in unexpected ways, even after after repeated exposure. No collection of an artist's output can be deemed "perfect" due to the subjective nature of art itself. The real test of a piece of art, then, is not how we label it, but how often we are drawn back to it.

That said, Malkmus and his collaborators have produced a recording that sounds great right out of the gate and bears repeated listening. I kept listening to this disk for a solid 8-10 days--to the exclusion of everything else in my library--and have continued to revisit it on a weekly basis. The guitar parts, though vaguely reminiscent of prior artists and styles, are continually intriguing--quite a good thing given that this is a guitar-driven recording. I can't slight the Jicks, whose empathetic support lend this project a dynamism in which Malkmus quirky lyrics and lithe guitar musings thrive. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the entire endeavor rocks!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stretching March 14, 2008
By P. Opus
Format:Audio CD
Stephen Malkmus's trajectory as a solo artist is beginning to remind me of former Replacements leader Paul Westerberg. The casual, offhanded brilliance that was so commonplace for the solo artist's "old" band is still there, you just have to dig a little more for it and put up with more attempts that don't work. Suffice it to say, this album is not the second coming of Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. But for what it is, it's enjoyable if you have the patience for extended improvisational passages and an overall retro-70s sound.

This album reminds me quite a lot of some of Sonic Youth's more accessible material (Murray Street), as well as Wilco's latter day work (A Ghost Is Born) and of course Built To Spill (Perfect from Now On). What all of this music has in common is a penchant for extended instrumental interplay. None of this could accurately be lumped under the "jam bands" category (those bands owe more of a debt to jazz and the Grateful Dead, while SM and the other bands mentioned above seem to come more from the Television approach, reference: Marquee Moon), however all of it teeters on the edge of self-indulgent noodling if it's not done right. Fortunately, all of these musicians (SM included) handle things tastefully and integrate an accessible sound with their tendencies to head into meandering territory. In other words, they make the wandering sound purposeful and idea-rich rather than simply formless.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's hard being SM March 29, 2008
By gioia
Format:Audio CD
A pure genius rock-out. Shut up, buy it, listen to it in awe, praise it to your friends, bask in how cool you feel about yourself because you love it and never again provide another over-analyzed pretentious driveled opinion about his graceful motives and unsurpassed talents again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite SM Solo Album...Great Hooks, Lyrics and Guitars
I don't understand reviews saying this album "may not be the best place to start" for first-time listeners (are ANY of his albums really the 'best' place to start?). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Aug
4.0 out of 5 stars Malkmus doesn't care
Point-for-point, this is definitely my favourite Jicks record. A few of the tracks are unforgivably jammy, but you'd still be hard-pressed to dislike them; the remainder... Read more
Published on October 29, 2011 by Alex Garnett
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and Inventive
This is the first Malkmus CD I've ever heard and after one listen I'm plainly impressed. The progressive style of rock that ranges from blistering to melodic, the cool lyrics,... Read more
Published on October 11, 2011 by Green Manalishi
2.0 out of 5 stars actual cd but not actual cd case
Cd that was sent to me was legit, but the cd case is not. The cd case is from Baltimore public library. What the eff? Read more
Published on September 12, 2009 by Zachary Kottke
5.0 out of 5 stars If ever there was a grower
Before the release of this, Stephen Malkmus' fourth album following the breakup of his name-making band, Pavement, finding a relation between the quality of the man's output to how... Read more
Published on March 9, 2009 by Gregory William Locke
2.0 out of 5 stars get back to us Steve when you have some songs
Malkmus work has been widely inconsistent over the last few years, from a borderline awesome debut to a lame second album then a slight return to form then this boring jam inspired... Read more
Published on December 16, 2008 by Morris's Codex
5.0 out of 5 stars Damning the dandy with the faintest praise
4 star average?!?! What is wrong with you people! This is vintage Malkmus, at his crookedly raindrenched best! Read more
Published on December 6, 2008 by William Ramsay
3.0 out of 5 stars MUCH better than Pavement
What compels Stephen Malkmus to sing? His voice is so terribly flat. If it wasn't for his voice, I would rate this album 5 stars. Read more
Published on November 10, 2008 by Rich Latta
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes a dude just wants to jam...
...and that's what SM and the Jicks're doing on this one. He's been threatening it since, well at least since "Half A Canyon". Read more
Published on November 9, 2008 by McSpunkle
4.0 out of 5 stars Malkmus continues to redefine rock ...
Yes .. it is actually four +1/2 stars.
This is really a great album, if you liked Malkmus before, you'll like this CD, too. Read more
Published on October 10, 2008 by T. Klein
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