Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Real Emotional Trash (2 stars)

Stephen Malkmus



Former Pavement man Malkmus has seemingly spent the last few years trying to alienate fans of his former band, as he’s crawled further and further up where the sun don’t shine.

On this fourth solo album, that effort reaches a zenith (or nadir, depending on your point of view), being, as it is, crammed with self-indulgent prog noodling, tedious jams with his Jicks and nonsensical, but crucially, non-entertaining stream of consciousness lyrical guff.

Songs like ‘Dragonfly Pie’ and ‘Elmo Delmo’ are as annoying as their titles suggest, and the less said about the excruciatingly dross ten-minute title track the better. A terrible waste of what was genius songwriting talent.

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