• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Aug 28, 2001

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Resonance
    It's so immediately pleasing that the new moves in Stairs' repertoire take a while to sink in. [#32, p.57]
  2. Mojo
    An album of joyful, desperate and messy songs, as honest and delicious as any on Pavement's 1992 classic, Slanted And Enchanted. [Sep 2001, p.92]
  3. Like early Pavement tracks, PSOI's songs find pop hooks almost in spite of themselves.
  4. Not only do Kannberg’s vocals sound more robust than previously, but the whole record has considerably more colour in its cheeks than Malkmus’s own recent solo effort.
  5. Uncut
    Humorous, pithy and downright ballsy. [Sep 2001, p.106]
  6. Shredding Paper
    A solid collection of simple pop tunes. [#11]
  7. Kannberg has made an album of fine indie pop that few could have expected.
  8. His solo debut is frequently as imperfectly perfect as Pavement approaching their best...
  9. Alternative Press
    Includes everything from Brighten The Corners-sounding pop blasts to comforting acoustic gems to dark rockers. [Nov 2001, p.91]
  10. This is what Pavement would have sounded like if they became the equivalent of Sebadoh, cranking out a version of Slanted & Enchanted each year, turning out records that satisfy listeners that want Pavement without unpredictability, humor, diversity and, yes, mess - without SM Jenkins, that is.
  11. Unfortunately, it seems that the only thing he really learned was how to write a Pavement tune, and he's having a little trouble trying to figure out what to do with himself now that Pavement is no more.
  12. All This Sounds Gas might not have been such a weak effort if Kannberg's lyrics actually had anything to say, but nonsense prose has never meshed well with lush, jangly alterna-rock.
  13. Most of the tracks here could be Pavement, so those looking for a diversion will be disappointed. Those looking for another Pavement record for their collection will be less so, but ultimately this sounds like a hurried release and more of an extension of the past than an indication of the future.
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. RobertD.
    Oct 20, 2001
    All This Sounds Gas is amazing, awesome, cool, great. Spiral is a genius.
  2. Mr.Natural
    Sep 20, 2001
    I love this album, and I don't feel the need to invoke the ghost of Pavement in order to evaluate it. It's got a pretty loose feel, I love this album, and I don't feel the need to invoke the ghost of Pavement in order to evaluate it. It's got a pretty loose feel, great guitars and goofy vocals. That formula worked pretty well for, say, Camper Van Beethoven... Full Review »