Review: Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks: Mirror Traffic ****
Those hoping for a new Pavement album following last year's reunion will be left wanting, but this might just be the next best thing as the band's frontman Stephen Malkmus delivers one of his finest records to date.
Many of the attributes that have made Malkmus such a lauded songwriter are in place, not least a wry sense of humour, but it is a surfeit of straight-up rockers that captivate most.
Truly, it has been years since Stephen delivered such beauties as the vitriol-laced Senator and the euphoric Stick Figures in Love.
And then there's the bittersweet Forever 28 -- hook-laden and eminently quotable -- it packs a significant punch.
Burn it: Forever 28; Senator; Stick Figures in Love
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