the founder and frontman of Pavement, Stephen Malkmus’ albums
with his band The Jicks are, for better or worse, always
being compared to his earlier work. With Face the Truth Malkmus
gives fans of early Pavement material the types of songs
and sounds they still long for with an additional benefit.
The tunes here represent Malkmus’ most mature works,
ably striding the fine line between the raw and overly polished.
The energy here is just right.
The songs include traditional laid-back indie rockers along
with a few slower, jazzier numbers, and an eight-minute epic,
No More Shoes, which features soaring guitar leads and extended
jams that would make Thurston Moore and Doug Martsch envious.
Each track is worthy in its own right, and listening to the
album and the distinctively excellent qualities of each song
is the audio equivalent to watching a great movie where scene
after scene leaves a viewer awestruck. Suffice to say, Malkmus
nails it with this one.
Track: Track 6, “No More Shoes”
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