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Stephen Malkmus

Stephen Malkmus & The JicksAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 13, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B000056NZV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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"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

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a relief -- it is very good January 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a great record, and it contains lots of the good things Pavement had going for them the last 3-4 years, plus a more adventurous attitude. The big thing to me is that it's FUN (a way too rare thing). The lyrics are great; they're in the same vein as the last few Pavement records, but still surprising, funny and insightful. The music is faster, more relaxed, and confident. The mood is positively upbeat.
OK, it isn't a classic. But it's best record I can imagine Stephen Malkmus making right now. Considering it's a solo debut following the breakup of the 90's best band AND it's the best record I've heard in a few years AND SM is obviously still moving forward in an artistic sense... don't under estimate it when you listen to it and simply say, "What a great record."
Some people won't like this record for a bunch of predicatably bad reasons. Don't believe it. This record is the sound of being simultaneously optimistic, intelligent and playful. And hey, not everyone fits that description.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good... not great February 21, 2001
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Because SM's voice is so unique (think a pre-pubescent Lou Reed trying his absolute hardest to sing as well as he can), comparisons between this, his first solo outing, and Pavement - the band he fronted and wrote most of the material for, a band considered by many to be one of the most original and wonderful rock groups of its era - were going to be inevitable. Yet this album comes as quite a surprise, primarily because it's much less like a Pavement record than even Malkmus himself had warned in pre-release press (the only Pave it resembles is some of the Terror Twilight material, and the very Malkmus-dominated Pacific Trim EP). There's an earnestness in the way SM seems to have approached these solo songs, as if genuinely trying to forge something new that is all his own, all the while inspired by music of which he is unabashedly a fan. Pieces like Phantasies, Troubbble and Jenny & the Ess Dog are unlike anything Pavement recorded, and the New Wave pop vibe that sets the pace for much of the record works wonderfully under the guidance of SM's unique vocal stylings. So why isn't it great? The trouble with this album is - at least musically - no fault of Malkmus': you simply miss Pavement. Listening to tunes like Vague Space and Jo Jo's Jacket, the Pavement fan rues the breakup all the more, as these tracks would have been absolutely incredible if recorded by the old band. One can't help but long for the yips and off-key screech-alongs of Bob Nastanovich, or for the fat bounce of Mark Ibold's bass playing. The Jicks, as SM's new band are called, are all good musicians, perhaps even better technically than the guys in Pavement were. But what's lacking is the sense of group effort on the brink of chaos, something that should never work and yet miraculously does. That was Pavement. Read more ›
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Terror Twilight April 18, 2001
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Now-defunct indie gods Pavement, while producing a few of the finest albums of the past decade, never made much of a splash outside of indie rock circles and never sold many records. So I'm pretty amazed at how much hype I've seen surrounding the first solo album from the band's frontman -- prominent, glowing essays in Rolling Stone, Spin, and the rest of the music press. Not surprisingly, Stephen Malkmus (the album) sounds an awful lot like Pavement -- after all, setting aside a few songs written by Pavement second chair Scott Kannberg and some instrumental and vocal flourishes by the rest of the band, Pavement essentially was Malkmus (particularly on the last few albums). It's not too far off to consider Pavement's last album, Terror Twilight, to have been the real first Malkmus solo album, much like the final Replacements album (All Shook Down) was really the first Paul Westerberg solo album.
Which is a long-winded way of saying that, for better and worse, the breakup of Pavement isn't the biggest deal in the world, as Stephen Malkmus simply picks up where the band left off. In many respects, this album is far better than Terror Twilight, an album which, while including a few moments of that twisted Pavement alt-pop glory ("Spit on a Stranger," "Carrot Rope," "Major League"), was way too dull for my taste. After re-invigorating indie rock and tossing off two of the greatest albums of the '90's (if not the rock era) -- Slanted & Enchanted and Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain -- Pavement went steadily downhill.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FYI February 4, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I noticed that a few reviewers are off the mark on 'Jo Jo's Jacket. The "truly arbitrary snippet of some guy talking about the shaving of his head" is from Yul Brynner--also the subject of the song: "perhaps you saw me in 'Westworld', I acted like a robotic cowboy." By the way, if you aren't already convinced that most album critics are prime examples of self-confirming bias, check out the editor's comment on the Brynner sample: a thinly veiled statement about Malkmus' intent? C'mon, it's just a funny tribute to a bald guy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never too late to own this
So great. I don't know why it took me so long to purchase this album, but I'm glad I did.
Published 6 months ago by B. Miskin
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Through and Through
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 more
Published on March 2, 2008 by T. B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Equal Wit, More Sass, Less Self-Important
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 more
Published on August 2, 2007 by _____________________
5.0 out of 5 stars You have no choice but to love this album
Terror Twilight sounded like Malkmus was alone alot, but still had the yoke of the group and Spiral Stairs upon him. Read more
Published on July 26, 2006 by CONN-sumer
5.0 out of 5 stars BUBBBLE
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 more
Published on April 21, 2006 by xman
5.0 out of 5 stars loosen up and you'll see
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 more
Published on October 31, 2005 by Brent Chapman
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Five Stars but a tad boring
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 more
Published on September 1, 2005 by Steve Stokl
4.0 out of 5 stars very similar to pavement's terror twiilight.....
..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
Published on July 10, 2005 by Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Steven, Steven
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 more
Published on May 2, 2005 by G. Katz
3.0 out of 5 stars HIt and Miss.
With only a few catchy Pavement-esque songs, and the rest sounding like sup-par throwaways (not even worthy for B-sides). Read more
Published on January 23, 2005 by Matthew C
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