Real Emotional Trash (Bonus Track Version) by Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pavement had given Stephen Malkmus the perfect forum for his anecdotal stream-of-consciousness lyrics and laissez-faire delivery. His progressive and classic rock influences juxtapose nicely against his no frills sonics (a wah-wah pedal is his primary indulgence) and his free-spirited and shameless background vocals that recall girl-group pop in their whimsy. Real Emotional Trash works best at its most compact. The simple catchiness of “Out of Reaches,” the New Wave-inflected “Gardenia” and the psychedelic brood of “Cold Son” are like quick snapshots of the influences running around Malkmus’ musical vocabulary. The ten-minute title track serves several different masters, beginning with a trudging Velvet Underground rhythm that eventually smoothes out into a highway cruise, while the six and a half minute “Baltimore” includes a few twisty instrumental passages that suggest someone’s been listening to Jethro Tull. Malkmus has never been shy about cutting and pasting from wherever it suits him.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pavement had given Stephen Malkmus the perfect forum for his anecdotal stream-of-consciousness lyrics and laissez-faire delivery. His progressive and classic rock influences juxtapose nicely against his no frills sonics (a wah-wah pedal is his primary indulgence) and his free-spirited and shameless background vocals that recall girl-group pop in their whimsy. Real Emotional Trash works best at its most compact. The simple catchiness of “Out of Reaches,” the New Wave-inflected “Gardenia” and the psychedelic brood of “Cold Son” are like quick snapshots of the influences running around Malkmus’ musical vocabulary. The ten-minute title track serves several different masters, beginning with a trudging Velvet Underground rhythm that eventually smoothes out into a highway cruise, while the six and a half minute “Baltimore” includes a few twisty instrumental passages that suggest someone’s been listening to Jethro Tull. Malkmus has never been shy about cutting and pasting from wherever it suits him.

TITLE TIME
5:08
6:56
3:42
10:08
4:51
6:37
2:53
6:41
3:04
5:05
3:39

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