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Stephen Malkmus

  • 1. Black Book
    2. Phantasies
    3. Jo Jo's Jacket
    4. Church on White
    5. Hook, The
    6. Discretion Grove
    7. Troubbble
    8. Pink India
    9. Trojan Curfew
    10. Vague Space
    11. Jenny and the Ess-Dog
    12. Deado
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 444

  • Credits
    ProducerClarence Skiboots
    EngineerJeff Saltzman

    Personnel includes: Stephen Malkmus (vocals, guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, bass); Joanna Bolme (piano, synthesizer, bass, claves, background vocals); John Moen (drums, percussion, background vocals); Heather Larimer (percussion, background vocals).
    Recorded at Jackpot, Portland, Oregon, Supernatural, Future Rhythm Studios, San Jose, California between May and August 2000.
    Personnel: Stephen Malkmus (vocals, guitar, keyboards, synthesizer); John Moen (drums, percussion, background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Jeff Saltzman.
    Recording information: 05/2000-08/2000.
    Pavement split at the end of the '90s, having pioneered the lo-fi approach and saved indie-rock from eating itself. Rising from the rubble, the band's singer/songwriter emerges with a solo debut that (surprise) bears a strong resemblance to none other than his erstwhile ensemble. Pavement had been getting progressively more sophisticated right up until its breakup, so this album finds Malkmus negotiating from a position of musical strength. All the elements that fans found attractive in his former band are here; quirky, mega-ironic lyrics that reference everything from Sarasota to Yul Brynner, eccentric, spastic rhythms, and perfect little guitar hooks.
    On the lovely, affecting "Church on White," Malkmus momentarily drops the post-modernism, reaching for an earnest melodicism that is one of the album's major coups. But if you're hoping for a departure from the indie king's Pavement past, you'll find yourself in the strange position of being disappointed by a batch of infectious, well-written songs played with enthusiasm and skill.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (3/1/01, p.51) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...His most playful, lighthearted tunes since WOWEE ZOWEE....mapping out his adult style of indie slop with casual grace..."
    Entertainment Weekly (2/23/01, p.159) - "...Full of humor and's a welcome return to the giddy wit that had dimmed as Pavement tried to contort itself into a conventional rock band..." - Rating: A-
    Q (3/01, p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Strangely queer and entertaining as anything by his old band..."
    Uncut (2/01, p.78) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...There's a fiendish brain at play throughout this captivating opus....Call it American psycho-beauty: a feast of Stephen..."
    Alternative Press (3/01, p.76) - 4 out of 5 - "...Malkmus sounds like he's having more fun than he has in years....everything here is so enjoyable..."
    CMJ (2/12/01, p.22) - "...Another bunch of great numbers that wouldn't have seemed out of place on TERROR TWILIGHT or BRIGHTEN THE CORNERS..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (3/01, p.88) - "...The best songs have that rare power which picks up and carries along the happy Walkman listener, legs dangling...gravity-defying...above the ground..."
    NME (Magazine) (12/29/01, p.59) - Ranked #21 in NME's 50 "Albums Of the Year 2001".
    NME (Magazine) (2/10/01, p.32) - 8 out of 10 - "...His brightest, funniest, quite possibly best set of songs since 1994's outstanding CROOKED RAIN..."
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