Face The Truth - Stephen Malkmus
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  • Summary: Malkmus' third post-Pavement recording is his most "solo" effort to date (not to mention his weirdest), with only some of the songs featuring the full complement of Jicks backing him up.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. It’s weird, (but not annoyingly so), it’s catchy (but not annoyingly so), and it’s fresh (but not annoyingly so). Face the Truth is the work of a songwriter at his finest hour.
  2. Malkmus has the same fractured pop sensibility, but his music is more expansive than it’s been before.
  3. It's weird, yes, but in a good way. [3 Jun 2005, p.82]
  4. The songs, which have the choppy angles and elegant dissonance of Pavement’s, are painstakingly layered with keyboards and all manner of funky blurps and beeps. It all sounds very labor-intensive—and pretty smart, too.
  5. Face the Truth is paradoxically the most intriguing Malkmus album and the weakest of his post-Pavement career.
  6. Stuffed with little revelations. [Jun 2005, p.113]
  7. Does a new generation of music lovers really need a third solo album from [Malkmus] which includes songs that house guitar wig-outs and last up to eight minutes? Not really. [28 May 2005, p.64]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30