The real strength of the album is the strength of every Malkmus project: He’s an indefatigably charming frontman.
It really is like as if Sondheim tried to replicate the Jesus and Mary Chain.
I’ll grant you that Magic is uneven, but I cannot admit that it is anything other than constantly captivating.
While Stage Names’s songs and production should appeal to a far wider audience than the band’s previous efforts, Will Sheff’s voice is as grating as ever.
As wraithlike as Air’s moon-rock, Boxer is also as focused and rugged as a great punk record.