Itís always sad when an era-defining band breaks up, but at least from the wreckage of Pavement, we get two great solo debuts, each of which is more committed than their next record would have been. While Steven Malkmusí got most of the buzz, I prefer this. "Donít you want to follow the sun?" chants the once and future Spiral Stairs early on, and that pretty much defines the sunny shambling vibe he cooks up here: looser than any Pavement record since Crooked Rain, while sounding like it could have come after Terror Twilight.
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