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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.
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.Read more ›
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So great. I don't know why it took me so long to purchase this album, but I'm glad I did.Published on April 16, 2014 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