Pig Lib - Stephen Malkmus
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  • Summary: The second solo release for the former Pavement leader (although it is credited to "Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks"), 'Pig Lib' features 11 new tracks.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
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  1. 100
    Pig Lib is both the loopiest music Malkmus has ever made and the most direct. [Apr 2003, p.104]
  2. It wildly exceeds the expectations generated by Malkmus’s first solo shot.
  3. The chaos occasionally bleeds into the music itself, but while Pig Lib may initially sound thornier than its immediately welcoming predecessor, it grows more inviting with each listen.
  4. Finally makes good on Malkmus' claims of musical maturity. [Apr 2003, p.80]
  5. It's as much the arrival of The Jicks as it is the rebirth of Stephen Malkmus: The band has become a grounding force he can push and pull from, a safety net allowing him to take risks.
  6. The songwriter's fondness of esoterica makes "Pig Lib" a trying listen; even the song titles can elicit an eye roll.
  7. Just like every other record Malkmus has been involved with, it doesn't feel like an album, doesn't feel like one whole work, doesn't feel focused, or of some specific intent. Pig Lib sounds rambling and goofy and slump-shouldered and half-assed and happened-upon and lazily comfortable with every step that it takes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. danc
    May 15, 2003
    10
    love every minute of it!! Saw them @ Irving Plaza, so tight and into it...It was great!
  2. xPh
    Apr 11, 2003
    10
    Pig Lib only has to spin four times before it burn a hole in your head and heart.
  3. BobBoobersmith
    Mar 18, 2003
    7
    Bold but not presumptuous, charming but not obsequious, limp, impish, pimpish, lathered, rinsed, repeated. A bold statement from a true Bold but not presumptuous, charming but not obsequious, limp, impish, pimpish, lathered, rinsed, repeated. A bold statement from a true American patriot. Expand
  4. bjorkboll
    Apr 20, 2003
    7
    Better than his solo debut, but lacking some of Pavements unpredictability.

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