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  • Summary: The debut solo release from the former leader of indie-rock legends Pavement.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 100
    Stephen Malkmus sounds like a great unmade Pavement album polished to within an inch of its life.
  2. This is silly stuff, obviously, but it's a welcome return to the giddy wit that had dimmed as Pavement tried to contort itself into a conventional rock band.
  3. Beyond the bookish lyrics, Malkmus has composed an album of brilliant songs, with creative intros, off-kilter arrangements, and well-placed effects.
  4. A swell record: personal but easy-going, distinctive, with a lot of picaresque personal narratives occasionally conveyed through exaggerated fantasy elements.
  5. An accessible, if far from revolutionary, work.
  6. The new disc has a feeling of renewal, a sense of freedom, and perhaps even fun.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. franziskas
    Feb 23, 2003
    10
    i love that album and i can´t understand why so many people find it and S.M. boring. i think he´s and will never be boring!!
  2. DaveC.
    Dec 28, 2001
    10
    Frees malkmus of the limitations of being in Pavement with definitely a more personal sound (guitar solo's et al)
  3. time
    Oct 26, 2007
    3
    It's not Pavement. And that's exactly why I'm giving it a better score than anything I'd ever give Pavement. On the other It's not Pavement. And that's exactly why I'm giving it a better score than anything I'd ever give Pavement. On the other hand he will never he come close to capturing what the Reid Brothers, the Pixies and Sonic Youth had on even their worst day. Pavement was only acclaimed because we needed something to fill the void the Pixies left behind in the early 90s. Durpa! Durpa! Cut Your Hair! I'd rather cut my own throat than listen to Pavement! ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Expand

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