By Melissa Maerz
August 10, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT
Leah Nash

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After reuniting with his old band Pavement and tapping Beck as a producer, the slacker king has traded paisley-print guitar freak-outs for faster, breezier pop songs. That means his funniest lyrics are no longer buried under noodly solos: ”I cannot even do one sit-up,” he sings on one track. ”Sit-ups are so bourgeoisie.” Still miss his psychedelic side? Listen to ”Senator,” a classic-rock tribute to ”smoking weed in our truck.” B+

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Vintage rocker Senator
Pretty folkie No One Is (As I Are Be)

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