A sample of Mirror Traffic will premiere in the coming days, but Matador Records is already cocky about the new Malkmus disc. "Without dissing prior works that we deeply love, we can promise that Mirror Traffic is the album that ties together Stephen's skill-set like none of its predecessors," the label vows. "The recording is nothing short of gorgeous, the songs crackling with confidence. Calling this an album of the year candidate is really selling the record and the talented ensemble behind it short -- what's so special about this year, anyway?"
We love pretty much everything Malkmus has churned out, from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain to the Jicks stuff, but he sort of lost us at times with his last album, the really Phish-y Real Emotional Trash. Hopefully an oddball like Beck can help reel Malkmus back in a bit.
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