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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He sings, it swings, he's a crook, with hooks!
Malkmus & The Jicks return with their sixth album, and maybe their sunniest effort to date.
Produced by the band, togheter with long-time Pavement sound engineer Remko Schouten,
"Wig Out at Jagbags" offers a lot to embrace and contain some of Malkmus's best pop songs
since his Pavement days.

Both "Lariat" and "Cinnamon and Lesbians" sound a bit...
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming tossed off album from the 90's slacker god-head.......
On a first listen I thought, "Christ, Malkmus isn't even pretending to try on this one". On repeat listening things aren't quite as bad as that first impression but not much better, I'd say this might well be the worst solo/Jicks album Malkmus has come up with yet simply because it feels so tossed off with the usual self-conscious, mannered, smart alec-y lyrics...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He sings, it swings, he's a crook, with hooks!, 9 Jan 2014
This review is from: Wig Out At Jagbags (Audio CD)
Malkmus & The Jicks return with their sixth album, and maybe their sunniest effort to date.
Produced by the band, togheter with long-time Pavement sound engineer Remko Schouten,
"Wig Out at Jagbags" offers a lot to embrace and contain some of Malkmus's best pop songs
since his Pavement days.

Both "Lariat" and "Cinnamon and Lesbians" sound a bit like Pavement around "Brighten the corners"
and both are ridiculously infectious, the same goes for "Houston Hades" and "J Smoov" .
Beck produced "Mirror Traffic", the preceding album, and maybe I'm mistaken, but to me it sounds like
"J Smoov" comes with a heavy Beck Hansen soul imprint. In any case, it's a beautiful song.
I think all of his earlier albums have been a bit hit or miss, but on Wig Out the hits are plenty
and the misses very few. "Surreal teenagers" and "Shibboleth" are the only songs I don't like too much.

As usual he comes up with quite a few great lines: "Come slam-dancing with some ancient dudes,
we are returning, returning to our roots, no new material, just cowboy boots".
He's always been great with songtitles and lyrics, one of the wittiest around, and according to Malkmus
he also had "Morrissey's Trainwrecked Daughter", "New Yoga for Cleavage Hounds", "Chocolate Euros"
and "Swingers Blowing Freddie" as potential album titles. He he!

Wig Out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very pop!, 14 Mar 2014
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The genius we like to call Malkmus has made it again. Exceeded expectations by transforming into a pop-star.
The most openly pop S.M-album made since Brighten The Corners.
Let's hope he continues his journey for years to come. We deserve it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consider Me Well & Truly Wigged, 13 Feb 2014
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Sound investment for all, barring those who "just don't get it".

For those uninitiated, Stephen has a voice that approximates a tune - rather than hitting the correct notes he fires for the right ones. His songwriting balances between off-kilter folk/psych/prog (small p) and lo-fi indie. On several tunes however he does successfully morph into The Grateful Dead playing "Loaded" (Velvet Underground) - "Cinnamon & Lesbians" is for example, first cousin to the Dead's "St Stephen". This is no bad thing!

"Surreal Teenagers" also manages to include the word "Tesseract" - no mean feat. The lyrics are a cut above most and have the added bonus of bringing a smile to my face - (this is a good thing , since I can be a miserable B....)

"J Smoov" gets an added bonus star for including what I believe to be a trombone solo. This is really good in the confines of your car as you are inevitably tempted to accompany it on mouth trumpet. (no sexual connotations , please).

This is a CD of rare beauty and my favourite of 2014 ..so far. I suspect it will remain so.

I commend this CD to the house.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slacker Genius on top form, 30 Jan 2014
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Fabulous indie guitar pop showing lots of different influences, Steely Dan, Pixies. Stand out Tracks for me are Larriat and Houston Hades,
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming tossed off album from the 90's slacker god-head......., 1 Feb 2014
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On a first listen I thought, "Christ, Malkmus isn't even pretending to try on this one". On repeat listening things aren't quite as bad as that first impression but not much better, I'd say this might well be the worst solo/Jicks album Malkmus has come up with yet simply because it feels so tossed off with the usual self-conscious, mannered, smart alec-y lyrics (which I've always had issues with since they reek of smug superiority to me) but instead of the usual compensations for his lyrical misadventures [ie. strong tunes] Malkmus hasn't come up with much in the way of memorable music (melodies, riffs, guitar solos, arrangements, etc). I know quite a few reviewers had issues with the Beck produced "Mirror Traffic" but that was a near masterpiece compared to this. All bar two songs are less than 5-minutes with only the occasional flashes of Malkmus' brilliant psych/prog/post-punk/alternarock hybrid guitar playing and he hasn't filled this (huge) gap with memorable tunes to compensate with everything sounding so...... generic yet somehow also half-formed. There are admittedly a trio of strong songs ('Lariat', 'Cinnamon & Lesbians' & 'Shibboleth') but not nearly enough and these are offset by some real clunkers ('Rumble At The Rainbo' [my God this one irks me in it's assumed 'cleverness'], 'Chartjunk' with its sloppy horn arrangement; Van Morrison it certainly ain't, and the Pavement by-numbers 'Scattegories' and the less said about the banal 'Surreal Teenagers' the better).

Malkmus has recently relocated to Berlin, perhaps this has contributed to a loss of direction? I don't know what it is but I reckon the large amount of good-will accumulated from his Pavement days that he has been trading on for over a decade now will rapidly diminish if he doesn't regain his focus, especially after the cynical cash-grab Pavement live reformation of a few years ago (where it was clear Malkmus' heart wasn't in it). One or two more albums like this half-hearted effort and I think that will be it for his solo career (which will prompt another Pavement reformation no doubt..... sigh).
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I DON'T GET IT!!!, 8 Feb 2014
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Every so often an artist comes along that makes me go 'Huuuuuuuh? What am I missing here?!?'.
Steven Malkmus is one of those artists.
Granted, he receives nothing but glowing reviews, full page ads for his albums, interviews in music mags from Mojo to Rolling Stone but I still don't get it.
I hear no great songs, no captivating voice, no interesting music, but apparently, I'm in the minority.
The last artist that befuddled me like this was John Grant.
I succumbed to a year's worth of accolades showered on his first album and finally bought it.
It was OK, but 'groundbreaking' and 'album of the year'?
Sorry. Didn't hear that coming from my speakers.
I even went and bought his second album, thinking it just has to be me.
Liked that one even less.
I thought about getting this SM and The Js album.
I listened to several tracks online and wasn't particularly impressed.
Then I saw them play live on Jimmy Fallon's US talk show.
They were terrible - weak frontman, amateurish playing, out of tune - and I held on to my money.
I'm sure there will be a few disparaging comments left here, but it won't really matter how many times you type the word 'idiot' or whatever insults you tend to throw when someone doesn't share your opinion.
I simply don't get it.
And I'm not convinced that many of the ones who say they do, really do.
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