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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Mirror Traffic
Buy! - (Matador)
The fifth album from the Pavement frontman and his band the Jicks was produced by Beck, who helps rein in the lengthy guitar jams of the last Malkmus last album (2008’s Real Emotional Trash) for a more varied and also more punchy set of concise indie-rock songs that still have room for plenty of structural twists and turns, along with some of his strongest melodies and most quotable (though typically enigmatic) lyrics laced with slacker sarcasm and wry humor. Not only is Mirror Traffic his most Pavement-like album with the Jicks, it’s also his best. 8/19/2011 - Don Yates