Pig Libby Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
For a guy who's generally presented himself as a master of detachment, Stephen Malkmus has been surprisingly willing to give listeners a peek behind his emotional curtain since extricating himself from the environs of Pavement. His self-titled solo bow stabbed tentatively at openness, but on this follow-up, he strips away even more -- particularly in the melodic realm, where he casts his line into the sort of unrippled waters favored by such unlikely precursors as folk-rockers Fairport Convention and It's a Beautiful Day. No, Malkmus hasn't turned completely hippie -- although "Witch Mountain Bridge" and "Do Not Feed the Oyster" certainly radiate a fair amount of Day-Glo -- but he's developed much more of a fondness for the more bucolic side of life. That's abundantly evident in the wistful lament "Vanessa from Queens," the latest in the singer's litany of thinly veiled sonic biographies, and "Craw Song," which would fit in nicely on a Kinks/Village Green outtakes collection. A limited edition five-song live disc accompanies the initial pressing.
- Release Date:
- Matador Records
- Water and a Seat
- Ramp of Death
- (Do Not Feed The) Oyster
- Vanessa from Queens
- Animal Midnight
- Dark Wave
- Witch Mountain Bridge
- Craw Song
- 1% of One
Performance CreditsStephen Malkmus & the Jicks Primary Artist
John Moen Drums,Background Vocals
Stephen Malkmus Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsLarry Crane Engineer
Ryan Hadlock Producer,Engineer
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It's hard to believe, but PIG LIB is even better than his solo debut! I love Malkmus, I strive to be just like him - wry, ironic, smarmy. My parents are also rich, so that helps. Pavement rocks, but Malkmus rules!!
It's too bad that some folks think something can be too good, and that that is a criticism in and of itself. The band plays too well. They follow too closely. They complement the singer altogether too well. This distracts from the album, as had the band not all been on the same page, their chaotic and transgressional lines and riffs would have made the album more complex. It's been done before and never successfully. Somebody never cared for Pavement, and somebody doesn't care for this, and somebody has to like way too many genres to pay the bills. That's okay, as we can fix it with a concise review. Pavement is gone. They have gone in different directions as artists. You could be listening to Spiral Stairs new album, if he had one. Preston School of Industry failed to produce any graduates. No sophomores enrolled as of yet. If you like Pavement and Malkmus, buy it. If you don't like them, buy something else. But don't say the band plays so well and concisely together that it makes the album lose it's focus and charm. Too many words can make a review lose it's focus, and cause it to fail to make a point as well. Usually, however, it's not because it has been written so well that it fails to move or make sense, or a point.