Face The Truth





Steven Malkmus is one of those guys that is kind of an indie superhero of sorts. We all know the history; Pavement star gone solo, with two previous releases by himself. This, the third release is titled Face The Truth, and what an appropriate title it is. Yes, a new side of Malkmus is unveiled, a softer side that gives homage to his influences. (Basically, this is the most Pavement sounding work he has done since the band broke up.) Although as a whole the songs themselves are reminiscent of Pavement past, some of the tracks are downright weird. Not a bad weird, but a weird that only Stephen Malkmus could get away with. For an example of what I am talking about check out the Beck-beat driven track, "Kindling For The Master". Drawn out tracks like "It Kills", mixed with the down tempo "I've Hardly Been" make the album stand out from past works. If you are wondering where The Jicks are then look no further. They are actually guests on several of the tracks. The surprise on the album had to be the layered "No More Shoes", an eight-minute song that has a perfect mixture of harmony, guitars, drums, and spaced out rhythms. (Think indie rock meets an Andy Warhol drug party of the '60s) Diving further into the album the listener is greeted with track nine, "Post-Paint Boy", a heartfelt rock ballad that seems to show the humble side of Malkmus. Then there is "Baby C'mon", a song that tributes 60's proto-punkers The Troggs. It shouldn't be too much of a surprise that if you are a fan of any of his previous endeavors then you are going to enjoy anything he does. Face The Truth isn't groundbreaking, but you wouldn't want it to be. It is however a great soundtrack to a lazy sunny afternoon.

Stephen Malkmus
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Face The Truth