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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Real Emotional Trash

April 20, 2008

Stephen Malkmus Real Emotional Trash album cover

shot through with new and now
the thrill of loving someone that you shouldn’t love
but it’s moving at the pace of the clouds
so pull your little crystal from the boulevard

Can he really make that good eccentric rock’n’roll for more than 15 years? Almost. I admit I have not liked any of his solo albums as much as any one of Pavement – probably due to lack of the mess. So far. In its spirit, I feel this one being dangereously close to Crooked Rain Crooked Rain. The twisting lead guitar is again underlining his vocal expressions, which in turn do not sound lazy as I thought they were getting as he’s gettin’ older. The band is more acid 70s than ever, jamming in the title track for over ten minutes. There are many details to charm the passenger. And it feels like meeting an old friend again.

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