Man, is this a good record! To quote my good friend Noah Sussman (quoting John Cage) "writing about music is like dancing about architecture." That said, I will continue by qualifying the above statement, writing about GOOD music is like dancing about architecture. It's really easy to criticize a bad record, but impossible to do great music justice in ink (or meta ink for that matter).For those of you who do not follow his work, Stephen Malkmus is the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for Pavement, probably the best received indie band, ever. Malkmus has an uncanny ability to write and perform consistently great music with unique chord structures and psychedelic jams. Pavement's Slanted and Enchanted is widely considered one of the best recordings of the 90's.
This is Malkmus' first solo outing and the freedom is something he
wears well. From the opening track "The Black Book" to the
record's denouement with "Deado," this release is filled with
catchy and emotive tracks that will delight all Pavement fans. And I
must confess I was a little surprised by this record since Terror
Twilight (the most recent Pavement cd) was such a disappointment.
With the exception of "Major League," the album altogether
lacked feeling and left most listeners feeling cold.
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