After reuniting with his old band Pavement and tapping Beck as a producer, the slacker king has traded paisley-print guitar freak-outs for faster, breezier pop songs. That means his funniest lyrics are no longer buried under noodly solos: ”I cannot even do one sit-up,” he sings on one track. ”Sit-ups are so bourgeoisie.” Still miss his psychedelic side? Listen to ”Senator,” a classic-rock tribute to ”smoking weed in our truck.” B+
'TRAFFIC' JAMS Malkmus offers up breezy pop and odes to psychedelic substances (Leah Nash)
Genre: Indie Rock; Music Label: Matador
Posted August 10 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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