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Stephen Malkmus: Face The Truth

Truthfully Excellent

Stephen Malkmus first made his mark as the frontman of the indie band, <b>Pavement</b> for a decade with light hearted, intellectual ballads. Three albums removed from his former band, Malkmus' brilliance is on full display in his latest effort, <i>Face The Truth</i>.

Regardless of your personal musical taste, <i>Face The Truth</i> likely offers at least a few tracks that will resonate. This is largely due to the breadth of Stephen Malkmus' influences. Country, blues, and straight up rock are but a few influences that shine forth on this brilliant album.

Equally compelling is Malkmus' offbeat, but always entertaining lyrical choices. Malkmus croons, "Seasons change, nothing lasts for long except the earth and the mountains, so learn to sing along and languish here." (And it's hard not to sing along.)

The enchanting melody of the majority of <i>Face The Truth</i> will encourage most listeners to sing along and languish. Malkmus' propensity to use the oft too infrequently employed words "elucidate" and "quagmire" in his songs is a refreshing change of pace as well.

Admittedly, <i>Face The Truth</i> has some of the weirdest tunes Malkmus has put forth. There were moments when I could have sworn I heard The Flaming Lips, David Byrne, and Lloyd Cole. But, <i>Face The Truth</i> also contains some of the most approachable and user-friendly tunes Malkmus has assembled as well.

Yet, despite the plethora of influences, Stephen Malkmus manages to craft a distinct musical identity in <i>Face The Truth</i> and the truth is, it's an excellent album.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars