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Surprising return to form,
This review is from: Pig Lib: Limited Edition (Audio CD)
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.