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With Pavement in his rearview mirror, Stephen Malkmus forms a new group that’s much more comfortable with serving the songs he writes. For most songwriters this would seem a logical improvement, but one of Malkmus’ and Pavement’s strengths was the ability to wrestle order from the chaos, to invigorate the tried and true formulas with elements of surprise. Call them mistakes, but they were effective mistakes. Pig Lib is Malkmus’ second post-Pavement album and much of it (“Ramp of Death,” “Vanessa From Queens”) could pass for early ‘70s soft rock if it weren’t for the slightly animated rhythm section.  When he does score one for progressive rock “(Do Not Feed the) Oyster,” it’s with a pleasurable lope that builds to a slightly more aggressive climax. There are no crazy leaps here besides the extended jam of “1% of One” where Malkmus gets to work out his guitar hero dreams. Just the sounds of an intelligent, well-oiled group anticipating each other’s moves. Like many successful singers in popular rock bands, the solo work provides personal insights but sacrifices the elusive, magical chemistry that made the band a one-of-a-kind experience.

Customer Reviews

The Jicks!

I can't believe I am the first to write this review. This album is extremely tremendous in every fashion imaginable. This album is a bit more guitar solo heavy, but the tunes are phenomenal with a good variety to the whole album. Fans of Pavement, please pick this up. You will not regret it.


What can you say about Stephen Malkmus that can't be summed up in 1% of One. Classic Malkmus guitar riffs and is he the epitome of indie-rock or what! Dark wave is a trippy walk in a haunted mansion and Vanessa from Queens has all the right catches. Thanks for creating some music food for our brains.

Buy this with your last dollars

Bright, Light and Fun melodies make this collection perfect for that morning sunshine "top down" drive. The music moves you through an unexpected beat patterns like a winding road through the mountains. Surprisingly the vocals have an addictive quality and are supported by lyrics that have an intelligent flare. I love this collection it is worth its five stars. For the older crowd, you might find yourself reminded of the Velvet Underground, well maybe you might.

Pig Lib, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
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