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His sophomore album embraces the classic rock ensemble featuring a delectable array of antecedents inform the music herein, from Irish prog-folk greats Mellow Candle to the Jazz inflected musings of Kevin Ayers and Lol Coxhill to some of the more outro moments on Pavements weirdest album, Wowee Zowee.
As an indie paragon since the early '90s, it's inevitable that Stephen Malkmus would want to make music that falls closer to traditional rock. His second solo album is the logical extension of those moments when Pavement cautiously approached the classic-rock canon, albeit from an oblique angle. Initially, it's hard-going for listeners. Where Malkmus's self-titled debut accentuated his flirtatious, pop-friendly inclinations, Pig Lib is gnarlier and more expansive. At times, it's uncharacteristically earnest, as if Malkmus was trying to defuse those usual jibes of archness with a sustained bout of jamming. Persevere, though, and Pig Lib's excellence is revealed. The two most obvious influences on spindly, febrile epics like "1% of One" and "Witch Mountain Bridge" are Television and Fairport Convention; Malkmus is particularly proficient at highlighting the affinities between New York art punk and British folk-rock through his notably improved guitar playing. Less rock-oriented souls, meanwhile, will be heartened by evidence of his continuing Ray Davies fetish on "Vanessa from Queens" and, especially, the "Waterloo Sunset"-styled "Craw Song." This is an album that, if lived with and nurtured, amply repays the kindness. --John Mulvey
Great album, for just 3 dollars!!!! Besides is the Japanese version with 5!! bonus songs!!! cool package. Just buy it!!Published 14 months ago by Federico Zabalza
This is an example of a record that is the only record I need by a particular artist- don't find any of his other work as enjoyable or compelling. LOVE this album.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
To cover Stephen Malkmus now is a natural follow up to the earlier review of Pavement's Brighten the Corners. Read morePublished on December 12, 2009 by A. Boyd
There are a few spectacularly off-kilter gems on the former Pavement frontman's solo sophomore, but even the steady rate of introspective rock can't elevate every... Read more
As the Amazon review accurately points out, this record is heavily infused with prog rock along with jam band and classic, psychedelic Brit pop, sprinkled with some California... Read morePublished on April 15, 2008 by JG
It's like Roger Waters without Pink Floyd. Or Robert Plant without Led Zep.
Stephen is talented, but his talent came through with Pavement. Period. Read more
Malkmus has not done anything worth purchasing since his first solo album. I wish Pavement would reunite, or at least, he would rejoin The Silver Jews. Read morePublished on February 15, 2008 by Michael T. Slattery
Hmm, Some people may question whether or not the rest of the world needs to hear from this "Dude" Stephen Malkmus again. Read morePublished on August 29, 2006 by Ghost
My personal favorite of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks becuase the songs just so cool, and i know that's not saying much but when you hear it if you do you'll understand completly I... Read morePublished on September 1, 2005 by Steve Stokl