- Audio CD (6 Jan. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Import
- ASIN: B00GMBQMIK
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Wig Out At Jagbags
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Wig Out At Jagbags is Stephen Malkmus' sixth solo effort with the Jicks and finds the formerPavement leader (alongside Joanna Bolme, JakeMorris & Mike Clark) at his most playful and joyous in recent memory. The album, written in Berlin & recorded in Belgium with longtimePavement and Jicks associate Remko Schouten is a looser, more unbridled affair that gathers those trademark guitar moves and lyrical acrobatics into an amalgam of what SM himself calls: "Projected Imaginings of Rock and Roll from the freezing north, rendered by West Coast stalwarts and a Dutch Uncle
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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!
That's if there was any justice. As it is, there isn't much justice and this wonderful album seems to have been met (on Amazon at least) with a decidedly average response. Which, quite frankly, is a terrible crime, and an absolute affront to beautiful tunes, fantastic musicianship and mind-boggling lyricism.
I could review this record track by track but that would probably be tedious both for you (imaginary reader) and me. Suffice to say, every track is a triumph; a kaleidoscopic cornucopia of tuneful wonderment and magic that will fill your ears (not to mention your heart and your brain) with beauty, joy, happiness and general, all-round nice feelings.
Ignore the crazy 1 star review you will find on here. This confused individual hasn't even heard the record the whole way through (and yet still feels they have the right to award the lowest rating possible). Let us have no trolling. Instead, let us have 'LOLling' to the mighty majesty of Malkmus and his captivating cohorts. This album is 5 stars all the way, baby.Read more ›
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.
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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Every so often an artist comes along that makes me go 'Huuuuuuuh? What am I missing here?!?'.
Steven Malkmus is one of those artists. Read more
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... Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2014 by TCH