Stephen Malkmus: John Clark
Greg Kot
May 30, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Face the Truth

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Stephen Malkmus
Producers
Matador
genre
Indie Rock

We gave it a B+

Stephen Malkmus, the brainiac guitar maestro who fronted ’90s indie rockers Pavement, usually lets his songs shrug their way under listeners’ skin. But Face the Truth, his third and most ambitious solo album, has a couple of (casually) immediate moments, such as the sigh-inducing melody of ”Post-Paint Boy.” Elsewhere, things get a bit messy: aroused synthesizers, carefree drum machines, a stray string arrangement, and at least one Ted Nugent-worthy guitar solo (”No More Shoes”). It’s weird, yes, but in a good way.

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