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    While Pavement may have called it a day, Stephen Malkmus seems more then willing to kick it solo. With a new band, the Jicks fleshing out his thesaurus heavy, pop ditties, Malkmus(for all his good intentions) seems to be running through the motions. A perfect example is "JoJo's Jacket" which follows the Malkmus songwriting recipe of take one catchy song, throw in a pinch of obscure name-checking, add a hint of non sequiturs, chill and serve. The problem with Malkmus' solo effort is that he doesn't seem to be pushing himself beyond the obvious anymore. Like Lou Barlow, Malkmus has become a victim of his own songwriting style and has become painted into a stylistic corner by it. I'm not asking for Malkmus to rewrite Slanted and Enchanted or Crooked Rain,Crooked Rain, but to apply the same energy and urgency those albums had to his solo work.

    Written By: Paul B.