Real Emotional Trash - Stephen Malkmus
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  • Summary: The former Pavement singer returns with his latest album with the Jicks.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 91
    The seasoned professional executes discipline on a record that seems entirely natural--layered to the top, but never giving in to excess. [Winter 2008, p.92]
  2. Even as he skewers fakery with surprising directness, the husband and father remains largely at a feline remove himself. [14 Mar 2008, p.75]
  3. Real Emotional Trash, with its long, winding guitar solos, extended jams, and emphasis on shifting psychedelic guitar textures, is as retro an album as Malkmus has ever recorded.
  4. 80
    Real Emotional Trash conjures a virtuoso meld of folk rock, prog and cosmic blues tropes, all filtered through the ex-pavement frontman's tradmark arch surrealism. [Apr 2008, p. 101]
  5. Janet Weiss adds welcome flavor on drums and vocals, but overall, how much you enjoy rummaging through this Trash will probably depend on the amount of patience you have for the Malkmus' indulgences.
  6. 60
    Trash has its moments. [Mar 2008, p.106]
  7. His fourth album is another trough, low on songs and over-reliant on meandering guitar jams. [Apr 2008, p.112]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Aug 30, 2011
    10
    one of the few albums that has not left my rotation in the past few years. malkmus is still an excellent, distinctive songwriter with a voice to match. Expand

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