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Audio CD, Import, International Edition, January 1, 2001
"In a funny way, the shaving of my head has been a liberation," announces a voice on "Jo Jo's Jacket." "It has simplified everything for me, and it has opened a lot of doors." It doesn't take a detective to crack this thinly veiled statement of intent; when Steve Malkmus, boyish frontman of lo-fi trailblazers Pavement finally jumped ship from his mother-band in 2000, reasons were thin on the ground. Perhaps, then, this is the spirit of Stephen Malkmus: the king of the cryptic couplet freed from his 11-year yoke and embarking on an ultimate loosening-up exercise--the eponymous debut solo album. Odd, though, that it should sound exactly like Pavement. Stephen Malkmus is a close relative of Terror Twilight--a neatly polished showcase of shambolic art-pop, with a grinning, brotherly Malkmus dropping wisecracks every inch of the way. It sure sounds like he is having fun, indulging in vicious pirate fantasies on "The Hook," claiming to be "the king of Siam" on "Jo Jo's Jacket"--and isn't that him yodelling in the background on "Phantasies"? The only problem is, there is precious little of the disarming tenderness that once made Pavement's quirkier rough edges so endearing. If this is the sound of a man liberated, it's a shame he sounds so reluctant to be straight with us, just this once. --Louis Pattison
So great. I don't know why it took me so long to purchase this album, but I'm glad I did.Published 16 months ago by B. Miskin
This is just a plain well crafted album that I have to skip nothing on. When I'm in the mood to listen to it, I play it right through. Read morePublished on March 2, 2008 by T. B.
I think that this is a fun CD. I saw Stephen Malkmus live when he toured with the Jicks and the show was playful. Read morePublished on August 2, 2007 by _____________________
Terror Twilight sounded like Malkmus was alone alot, but still had the yoke of the group and Spiral Stairs upon him. Read morePublished on July 26, 2006 by CONN-sumer
Lets just make this really simple. There are two SM camps, those who like the more structured stuff, starting mostly with Brighten The Corners, and ending with his solo career. Read morePublished on April 21, 2006 by xman
I love this album. Absolutely love it. That said, it doesn't hold a candle to the "good" Pavement records. S&E, CRCR, Wowee Zowee can't be touched. Read morePublished on October 31, 2005 by Brent Chapman
This was the last disc by Stephen Malkmus that I bought out of his three solo disc's with The Jicks by his side. Read morePublished on September 1, 2005 by Steve Stokl
..but more pop-esque than experimental.
From terror twilight to this it is clear that the frontman was on his way to a solo career. Read more
Has ther ever been a greater band than Pavement? No. Has ther ever been a greater frontman than Steven Malkmus? No. Has ther ever been a better CD than this? Certainly. Read morePublished on May 2, 2005 by G. Katz