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Terror Twilight

music reviewmusic review  out of 4 Music Review: Terror Twilight

Artist: Pavement
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: June 1999

Review by LarryG
2½ stars out of 4

A tension arises throughout Pavement's body of work. The band can make fairly polished rock songs but is also drawn to more personal, less accessible, music. On their biggest hit, Cut Your Hair, Stephen Malkmus screams out in terror at the tension involved in actually planning a career in music but on Stereo, he's blissfully happy about hearing his music played. Pavement's last cd, Brighten The Corners, was consistent and extremely satisfying because the songs, while retaining a distinctive quirkiness, were well developed and tuneful.Terror Twilight is more hit and miss, almost as scattered and idiosyncratic as Wowee Zowee, which had a lot of great moments but was hardly focused.

A lot of Terror Twilight is slow and quiet, a mode Malkmus seems more comfortable in as he gets older. Some songs on Terror Twilight show Malkmus to be a brilliant, mature performer. Once again, he brings to mind the melancholy Ray Davies of middle period Kinks. Much of the record is sad and low key.  Malkmus succeeds brilliantly on two songs. On the openly track, over beautiful, subdued music,  Malkmus sadly sings of feeling such bitterness, he could "Spit On a Stranger." Major Leagues, which again brings to mind the band's ambivalence about success with Malkmus singing "bring on the major leagues", also has a very appealingly personal and restrained charm. The usually hard to decipher Malkmus is refresingly direct and sweet on Ann Don't Cry. You Are a Light, Cream of Gold and The Hexx are more meandering and the nonsequitor lyrics and Malkmus' downbeat, nearly spoken singing can be trying.

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

"...The songs and lyrics slide around with a decorous unpredictability, like ice on a hot stove. This is an album full of folk-rock lucidity, tough-guy guitar spills, space-rock languor and a debonair heartache worthy of Seal or Morrissey..." 4 out of 5 Stars Rolling Stone 6/24/99, p.67



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