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Face the Truth

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Stephen Malkmus
Stephen Malkmus: John Clark

Face the Truth

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Stephen Malkmus
Producers:
Matador
genre:
Indie Rock

We gave it a B+

Stephen Malkmus, the brainiac guitar maestro who fronted ’90s indie rockers Pavement, usually lets his songs shrug their way under listeners’ skin. But Face the Truth, his third and most ambitious solo album, has a couple of (casually) immediate moments, such as the sigh-inducing melody of ”Post-Paint Boy.” Elsewhere, things get a bit messy: aroused synthesizers, carefree drum machines, a stray string arrangement, and at least one Ted Nugent-worthy guitar solo (”No More Shoes”). It’s weird, yes, but in a good way.