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  • Summary: The seventh full-length release for the indie rock band features a guest appearance from Kim Gordon.
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  1. May 18, 2018
    92
    With nary a weak track, Sparkle Hard finds Malkmus hitting a new peak nearly 30 years into his career.
  2. May 17, 2018
    90
    Malkmus may still stand on the outside smirking, poaching different elements of the underground and mainstream, assembling them in a fashion that's undeniably unique, but the craft and cleverness of Sparkle Hard can't disguise the simple fact that he means this music, man.
  3. 85
    Sparkle Hard continues this unfeasibly strong run he’s been on and adds a little more bang for your buck.
  4. Mojo
    May 8, 2018
    80
    As well as blending linguistic elegance and musical levity, Sparkle Hard affirms Stephen Malkmus's increasingly contemplative approach. [Jun 2018, p.94]
  5. May 18, 2018
    80
    What sparkles most about this new album is the comfort you feel when Malkmus and his band do exactly what you expect.
  6. May 17, 2018
    80
    Sparkle Hard slips out of twisting plot traps as nonchalantly as it slides around rigid logic. The characteristics that have kept his music with the Jicks since the early 2000s one of indie rock's more subtle but steady pleasures haven't faded in the least, and Sparkle Hard finds them at their brightest concentration.
  7. May 10, 2018
    70
    Malkmus has been prone to juxtaposing tasteful pop songs with classic-rock elements and offbeat lyrics since Slanted and Enchanted, and the audible delight he still takes in such musical mischief is apparent throughout Sparkle Hard.

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