Traditional Techniques

Stephen Malkmus - Traditional Techniques
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2020 Ratings: #122 / 175
User Score
Based on 51 ratings
2020 Ratings: #239
March 6, 2020 / Release Date
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Matador / Label
Folk Rock / Genres
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Slant Magazine
With this album, Malkmus opposes such elitism by once again showing how the language and history of popular music can serve as an effective channel for even his peculiar sentiments and worldview.
The most surprising thing about the album isn’t how far Malkmus has strayed from his comfort zone. It’s how at home he sounds there.

Stephen Malkmus' Traditional Techniques melds folk-rock flavoring with junk-food surrealism delivered through his characteristic brand of irony.


Traditional Techniques is neither a revelation nor a disaster, it’s neither a winner nor is it a loser.


Fans of folk and Malkmus alike will find something to love here, even if Traditional Techniques doesn’t quite make the grade.

Malkmus leaves behind a great legacy for the newest indie generation, but it’s hard to imagine Beabadoobee mooning over this rag-tag bunch of half-formed punchlines.
I don't care much for Mr. Malkmus' music. Im, not a Pavement fan and The Jicks are cool at points. In General, im, not a fan and this album further proves that. Boring Folk Rock. Ew.

"Rushing These Femboys." - @Kengoji™
I listened to this album about 8 hours ago and i can't remember anything about this record.

Track Review

ACC Kirtan 4.5/10
Xian Man 4.5/10
The Greatest Own In Legal History 5/10
Cash Up 4/10
Shadowbanned 4.5/10
What Kind of Person 4.5/10
Flowin' Robes 4.5/10
Brainwashed 4.5/10
Signal Western 4/10
Amberjack 4/10

Average: 4.4/10
Way better than Groove Denied. Reminiscent of Demolished Thoughts by Thurston Moore.
A fantastic and matured release from the Pavement frontman. Filled with many different instrumental textures, Malkmus retains his unique personality while experimenting with new, folkier sounds. He’s still largely satirical and Malkmusian, but with a new sense of age and maturity accompanied by this genre shift, giving a new sense of intimacy in certain tracks that hasn’t been seen much before. It continues his evolution into an evolved songwriter, trying new ideas and becoming more ... read more
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Track List

  1. ACC Kirtan
  2. Xian Man
  3. The Greatest Own In Legal History
  4. Cash Up
  5. Shadowbanned
  6. What Kind of Person
  7. Flowin' Robes
  8. Brainwashed
  9. Signal Western
  10. Amberjack
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Added on: January 22, 2020