Traditional Techniques

Stephen Malkmus - Traditional Techniques
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2020 Ratings: #462 / 692
User Score
Based on 85 ratings
2020 Ratings: #686
March 6, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
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.
77
Pitchfork
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.
70
PopMatters

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

70
musicOMH

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

69
Paste

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

60
NME
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.
60
The Observer

A set of gently rambling, predominantly acoustic songs that might lack immediacy but make up for that with clever twists aplenty.

TheBravesDH
76
Hell of a lot better than Groove Denied from last year, as these forays into folk and psychedelia play much more to his strengths and odd lyrics than that clunky instrumentation did. A lot of really enjoyable, but maybe unspectacular, moments that any Malkmus completionist would be glad to hear. ACC Kirtan kicks things off by letting him get all the jam band vibes out of his system up front. Flowin' Robes is the most Pavement-esque song he's written for us in quite a while. Shadowbanned and ... read more
JayCrackers
44
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
80
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
NTTR
59
Stephen Malkmus - Traditional Techniques

Genre: Indie Folk
Country: US

Final Verdict: 59% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 362th / 689

Highlight: Xian Man

Made me think of:
Mark Knopfler
Pavement
Cass McCombs
Baxter Dury
Deerhunter
Big Thief
Trindade31
60
It brings back in a very efective way the 60s sounds closer to the style of Neil Young, Bob Dylan and The Doors but it lacks some edge and contemporarity.
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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