Mirror Traffic - Stephen Malkmus
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  • Summary: The Pavement frontman releases his latest rock album with The Jicks, produced by Beck.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Aug 23, 2011
    90
    For as relaxed as Mirror Traffic is, there is real structure to the songs and clarity to the production, two things that turn it into Malkmus' most satisfying solo album to date.
  2. Aug 23, 2011
    80
    It's precisely because Malkmus knows what sets him apart that Mirror Traffic is not simply a heartening, satisfying nod back to the glory days that made him who he is as an artist, but a reflection of what's possible for him going forward.
  3. Aug 18, 2011
    80
    Dropping a couple of songs would have made it a tighter set, but Malkmus still has a terrific knack for the old slanting and enchanting.
  4. 80
    Malkmus, along with producer Beck, direct the music on Mirror Traffic with playful lyrics and flourishing styles that versatile and extended enough, shine with ease.
  5. Aug 24, 2011
    75
    He may mock his lack of motivation and energy, but on Mirror Traffic, Malkmus sounds more focused than he has in years.
  6. Aug 23, 2011
    70
    Malkmus shows you don't have to move to the woods and house squirrels in your beard to prove you're a sensitive male. Alterna-dad elegance will do.
  7. Aug 18, 2011
    60
    Malkmus' third (or fourth depending on which folklore you believe) outing with The Jicks, is a disappointing collection of hits and misses--with the latter winning on points.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Nov 3, 2011
    9
    Originally named L.A. guns, Mirror Traffic was recorded before Malkmus went on a reunion tour with Pavement in 2010. Beck joined Malkmus in the studio as a producer to bring this album to some kind of 90â Expand
  2. j30
    Feb 9, 2012
    8
    Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks' "Mirror Traffic" is one of the best albums of 2011. Stephen Malkmus' lyrics are great (as always), the music is solid, and Beck is turning into one hell of a producer (See Charlotte Gainsbourg's "IRM" and Thurston Moore's "Demolished Thoughts" both excellent releases). Expand