Face the Truth 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… Face the Truth 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… 2005-05-24 Stephen Malkmus Indie Rock
Music Review

Face the Truth (2005)

Stephen Malkmus | 'TRUTH' SEEKER The Face of Malkmus
Image credit: Stephen Malkmus: John Clark
'TRUTH' SEEKER The Face of Malkmus
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 24, 2005; Lead Performance: Stephen Malkmus; Genre: Indie Rock

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.

Originally posted May 30, 2005 Published in issue #823 Jun 03, 2005 Order article reprints
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