A kinder, gentler Pavement. With hindsight I think we can say this is the first record where it really sounds like Malkmus is writing songs for himself, rather than the band. I’m not sure that’s fair, but I sure feel like this has more in common with his solo career than with Slanted and Enchanted. It’s still recognizably Pavement, but a far mellower one.
None of that to say it’s not good. I really, really like this, but that’s because I like both Pavement and Malkmus solo. And this is a happy medium.
If the songs weren’t so strong, I think this record would be a disappointment.