Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Real Emotional Trash

March 10, 2008

stephenmalkmusI’ll cut right to the chase with this one: This is my favorite Stephen Malkmus solo album yet, and I decided this even before I had read that Janet Weiss, formerly of my favorite band until they broke up, Sleater Kinney, was playing drums on it. The first thing you notice about the album is its heavy 60’s acid rock guitars, which immediately reminded me of Iron Butterfly, or their later day descendents, bands like Dead Meadow or King Black Acid. Add Malkmus’s knack for indie pop melodies to the largely psychedelic proceedings, Weiss’s excellent drumming, and you have a great album on your hands. Some of the songs are epic or near epic in length, like the ten minute long title track or nearly seven minute “Hopscotch Willie,” “Baltimore” and “Elmo Delmo,” but they never feel overlong, but rather like the psychedelic indie pop jams that they are. Some fans of Malkmus’s past solo work and his work with Pavement may need some time to warm up to the songs on Real Emotional Trash, but the effort will be well worth it. Standout cuts: “Dragonfly Pie,” “Hopscotch Willie,” “Real Emotional Trash” and “Out Of Reaches.”


One Response to “Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Real Emotional Trash”

  1. John Says:

    I still like the debut a little better because of the standout tracks, but this is a great album.

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