The blasting riff on Dragonfly, the first track on Real Emotional Trash, is about two chords shy of being a direct rip of Sabbath’s Sweet Leaf. That’s a prelude to the rest of the former Pavement singer’s bong-worthy new effort.
Whether it’s because of the addition of drummer and Sleater Kinney refugee Janet Weiss or a concerted effort to move away from the insularity of 2005’s Face The Truth, Stephen Malkmus sounds rejuvenated by his Jicks mates.
That might not be welcome news for those expecting Malkmus’s stripped indie rock style. Real is a beefy record that plods and dances precariously close to the jam band divider.