Groove Denied

Stephen Malkmus - Groove Denied
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2019 Ratings: #450 / 596
User Score
Based on 72 ratings
2019 Ratings: #949
March 15, 2019 / Release Date
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Matador / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Consequence of Sound

Groove Denied is the sound of Malkmus truly untethered, and once you get past the initial jolt of its radical stylistic change, you’ll recognize it for being the great album it is.

80
Loud and Quiet

While this isn’t ‘Kid A’, it is an excellent album, and we should be grateful that, at 52, Malkmus continues to make pop music that is somehow both familiar and new.

80
The Skinny

In the end, Groove Denied doesn’t see Malkmus go full EDM raver, or embrace abstract ambience. What it does signify is a willingness to embrace and learn the uncomfortable from a prolific artist whose output may have seemed set in its ways.

80
Drowned in Sound

Rather than thinking of Groove Denied as some form of outlier we should only be thinking of it for what it is: a delicious treat.

80
Uncut

If the consistent Sparkle Hard felt a little safe, Groove Denied is the flipside: a free-wheeling, oblique and thrilling journey. These 
33 minutes are some of Malkmus’ finest work.

75
The Line of Best Fit

What Groove Denied really is, and what it really sounds like, is half an album of what Malkmus usually does (the second half), and half an album of something he’s never done before.

75
Northern Transmissions

An album that seems intent on shaking up settled notions of what he is capable of.

72
Pitchfork

The indie-rock icon fires up his laptop and lays down a set of quasi-electronic jams that owe more to late-1970s post-punk than to the Berlin nightlife that supposedly inspired the record.

70
Exclaim!

Groove Denied isn't the game-changer fans hoped for, but it's also not the disaster Matador expected. It's just your average Stephen Malkmus album… now with more electronics!

70
AllMusic

All this hoopla around Groove Denied undeniably makes for a good yarn, but it also tends to oversell the weirdness of the album.

70
DIY

‘Groove Denied’ captures the finer points of Stephen Malkmus’ craftsmanship in wildly esoteric and robotic form.

70
Crack Magazine

It’s the strength of his curious forays into digital tools that give Groove Denied its unusual charm.

70
Rolling Stone

Not everything on Groove Denied works, but it’s gratifying to see a great songwriter still busy being born.

60
The Observer

This bold new direction isn’t sustained; the further into the album Malkmus gets, the more normal service resumes, as if he isn’t entirely convinced of his new direction.

45
Spectrum Culture

The artist is incapable of making a terrible record, but Groove Denied is simultaneously his most unexpected and least captivating album.

40
Dork

‘Groove Denied’ sounds like something that began as an interesting concept but meanders into just another Stephen Malkmus album.

Z.Younk
45
Hey, Spotifiers! If you enjoyed listening to this album, why not check out "Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven" by Kid Cudi!?
zachthesnack
57
This record has some very unique and defining moments, but it collectively does not offer up anything too ambituous or interesting. Not at all on par with last year’s “Hope Downs”

Favs: Boss Viscerate, Ocean of Revenge
TheBravesDH
45
Don't you hate it when your idols fall from grace? Fitting that the first track has "Faceplant" in the title, because it doesn't take Stephen long to perform one here. After putting in one of his best works in ages last year, I was really looking forward to this. Kudos for trying something different, but most of the electronica sounds clunky and cheap. The weakest collection of lyrics he has ever had as well, though 'Ocean of Revenge' tells a decent story. I cannot imagine anything ... read more
nostar
90
I'm not sure why this album is garnering such negativity but, being a fan and someone that saw Pavement many times in the 90s, I really like this album. It has a Spoon and old school Beck quality to it and it just fucking works for me. All love here.
PatrickL0419
49
This is the greatest waste of 13 years of all time.
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Track List

  1. Belziger Faceplant
  2. A Bit Wilder
  3. Viktor Borgia
  4. Come Get Me
  5. Forget Your Place
  6. Rushing the Acid Frat
  7. Love the Door
  8. Boss Viscerate
  9. Ocean of Revenge
  10. Grown Nothing
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