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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. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. May 18, 2018
    With nary a weak track, Sparkle Hard finds Malkmus hitting a new peak nearly 30 years into his career.
  2. May 17, 2018
    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. May 18, 2018
    Sparkle Hard is Malkmus at his most compelling: balancing his experimental whims while revealing pieces of his arcane heart.
  4. May 8, 2018
    It’s all executed with the same kind of effortless charm that’s characterised Malkmus’ entire career.
  5. May 18, 2018
    Where Malkmus’ solo work has sometimes walked the fine line between too detached or too self-satisfied, the record cartwheels over it with the assurance of an artist who’s correctly assumed that so long as he’s enjoying himself enough, others will too.
  6. May 17, 2018
    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 30, 2018
    The music is plainly listenable, the progressions are often entertaining and the lyrics are intricate. For fans, the minor evolution and heavier sonic palette may whet their appetite, but for anyone in search of a new revolutionary energy in the realm of indie rock, steer clear of the throne room.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
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  1. May 31, 2018
    I'd have called this a return to form if I'd actually kept up with these Jicks albums (I didn't) but I'm happy saying this is, if not better,I'd have called this a return to form if I'd actually kept up with these Jicks albums (I didn't) but I'm happy saying this is, if not better, then at least more 'natural sounding' than either 'Terror Twilight' or the Malkmus s/t debut. Some fantastic songs here ('Solid Silk', 'Refute', etc) which puts it on a similar level to 'Brighten the Corners' for my money. Expand

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