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Pig Lib [CD]

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B00007KI2R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,602 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. 1% Of One 9:110.69  Buy MP3 
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As an indie paragon for something over a decade, it's perhaps inevitable that Stephen Malkmus should want to make something more substantially, classically rock sooner or later. Pig Lib, his second solo album, is the logical extension of those moments when Pavement cautiously approached the grandiose rock canon, albeit from an oblique angle. Initially, it can be a little hard-going. Where Malkmus's self-titled debut accentuated his flirtatious, pop-friendly inclinations, Pig Lib is gnarlier and more expansive. At times, it feels uncharacteristically earnest, as if Malkmus were trying to defuse those usual jibes of archness with a sustained bout of jamming.

Persevere, though, and Pig Lib graciously reveals its excellence. The two most obvious influences on spindly, febrile epics like "1% of One" and "Witch Mountain Bridge" are Television and Fairport Convention and Malkmus is particularly good at highlighting the affinities between New York artpunk and British folk-rock through his notably improved guitar playing. Less rockist souls, meanwhile, will be heartened by evidence of his continuing Ray Davies fetish on "Vanessa from Queens" and, especially, the "Waterloo Sunset" styled "Craw Song". But this is an album that demands to be lived with, nurtured and have attention lavished upon it for it to amply repay the kindness. Another classic, eventually, in Malkmus's remarkably trash-free catalogue. --John Mulvey

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jicks get better 10 April 2003
By Murgs78
Format:Audio CD
As an avid fan of SM's music, this CD was a must buy. And it did not dissapoint. A few of the tracks are not classics, but the tracks that are good, are really, really good! Anaimal Midnight is sublime, Vanessa from Queens is a beautifully written piece of work, the Craw Song is a classic!
I was also suprised how good the first three tracks on the bonus disc were. Perhaps they should have been on the actual album rather than on a bonus cd!
All in all its a superb album, and anyone who wants to listen to how music should be played, then buy this album and marvel at the songwriting ability of a genius!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What will he do next? 30 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Many feel that the quality of Malkmus’ work has been continually falling since Slanted and Enchanted. Personally, I appreciate the additional polish, production values, and most of all the excellent guitar work. The end results are sumptuous. It's difficult to see how Malkmus can improve on this. Possibly he will introduce electronic elements, some can be heard in the background here, and that will be the end of the line for the Pavement faithful. Me, I can't wait for the next instalment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I really want to like this album... 21 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
Hmm. To start, a general introduction. Stephen Malkmus is the ex-frontman of what are undoubtedly one of the best and most hideously underrated bands of the 90s, Pavement. This, his second full-length 'solo' record - the term being used loosely, as he in fact has a whole band, The Jicks - was eagerly expected by me, one of Pavement's greatest fans, and admirer of his first eponymous solo effort. Unfortunately, it really isn't all that great. Don't get me wrong, it isn't bad, I've given it 3 stars and I think that signifies a good record, but it just give me what I wanted from it. I really wanted a continuation of Pavement in Malkmus' solo records, and in his first I felt I more or less got that, some good tunes, with catchy melodies and typical of later Pavement, zany Malkmus lyrics. And I enjoyed it. With this, I was expecting a similar thing, but it just doesn't quite live up, not to his first, and certainly not to Pavement. Perhaps I was unfair in my expectations.
All that said, there are some good songs on here though. 'Us' is probably my favourite, and 'Animal Midnight' is good too, strange Chas-and-Dave-esque middle section forgiven. But songs like '1% of one' are just too self-indulgent for my liking, and at 9 minutes, far too long. Oddly enough, the bonus disc I got with my copy contains the fantastic 'Fractions and Feelings' which I really can't seem to work out why is not on the album proper.
The bottom line is, this album is okay, it's fine, it's a nice listen, and an enjoyable one, but if I try to put it in order with my Pavement albums it probably comes out last - which is a shame. I think I am making it sound worse than it is, but that is only because I liked Pavement so much and this is not quite as good. But I would still recommend you get it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult but worth every penny 7 April 2003
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Like Stephen Malkmus's last album and his previous work with Pavement this latest offering rewards repeated listening. While not quite as stunningly beautiful as the eponymous debut album, "Pig Lib" is full of Stephens trademark off the wall lyrics and odd time signatures. Stand out tracks include "Vanessa from Queens", "Watch Mountain Bridge" and "Craw song". The Jicks ability to change track mid song is truly astonishing. Some of the tracks sound like what Pavement might have sounded today (especially "1% of One"). A must for any Pavement/Malkmus fans out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising return to form 31 Mar 2003
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Malkmus has never made a duff album - but as a solo artist and as part of Pavement his last three (Brighten The Corners, Terror Twilight and Stephen Malkmus) have sometimes disappointed high expectations.
So it's something of a shock to find that, entering those normally Middle Of The Road years of an artist's career, Malkmus has produced a gem that harks back to the unpredictability of early Pavement albums.
Pig Lib is an album with real spark - very much influenced by Captain Beefheart and Zappa, with stop-start rhythms, hooky riffs and a number of occasions where the band explore a melody, Television-style. This creates both occasions where you joyfully sing along, and sublime hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck moments. If Malkmus can release an album this good (the guitar playing in particular is amazing at times), this late on in his career, perhaps we haven't seen the best of him yet.
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