Over the past 2 years, Stephen Malkmus work with both Pavement and the Jicks has become a staple in my music collection. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain is no exception.
1. Silence Kit: Starts off meandering, then turns into a steady, anthemic, pop-rock song.
2. Elevate Me Later: Your standard indie-pop song, with trademark Malkmus lyricism "...range roving cinema stars, I wouldn't want to shake their hands cause they're in such a high-protein land."
3. Stop Breathin: Didn't like this track at first, but now I love it. Dark, slow, with a fantastically simple and memorable chorus.
4. Cut Your Hair: This more of the same fun, catchy, pop rock, with a blatantly sarcastic Stephen Malkmus poking fun at the music industry.
5. Newark Wilder: Sounds kinda like filler. Too soft with not much flow or substance.
6. Unfair: High energy, punky song with another fantastic, sing along chorus.
7. Gold Soundz: One of my favorites. The songs bounces and rolls along steadily with heartfelt melodies and obscure lyrics.
8. 5-4=Unity: Quirky, odd instrumental ditty. Another one of my favorites.
9. Range Life: My personal favorite. Five minutes of folky, soft-spoken, pop rock. Malkmus comes down to earth on this song's lyrics for a change, and what we hear is Malkmus pondering about his life and the world he lives in.
10. Heaven is a truck: Filler. Nothing special here.
11. Hit the plane down: I guess this was their shot at playing something harder than usual, but it's strange, cause this song fails, but they had it right on Unfair only 5 tracks earlier.
12. Filmore Jive: Slow, spaced out. Decent song if you can actual immerse yourself in it, which is kind of difficult.