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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 100
    Pig Lib is both the loopiest music Malkmus has ever made and the most direct. [Apr 2003, p.104]
  2. Malkmus' songwriting is back from blandland, the backing Jicks rock, and the production got it all on tape without screwing it up.
  3. Pig Lib is Malkmus' loosest set of songs ever, an elegantly meandering head trip underpinned by the kind of tuneful, world-wise romanticism that's won him the hearts of English majors everywhere.
  4. Pig Lib is the kind of album you think about even when it's not on, that slowly develops for you and creates synapses and connections that maybe Malkmus never intended.
  5. 80
    Pig Lib is full of as many little mysteries as it is revelations. [Apr 2003, p.91]
  6. A natural follow-up to his first solo outing. [#229, p.68]
  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
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  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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