Groove Denied

Album Review of Groove Denied by Stephen Malkmus.

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Groove Denied

Stephen Malkmus

Groove Denied by Stephen Malkmus

Release Date: Mar 15, 2019
Record label: Matador
Genre(s): Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

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Groove Denied - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

The Line of Best Fit - 75
Based on rating 7.5/10

However, there were clues that he was thinking about a left turn, from the autotune tomfoolery of "Rattler" to the classic arcade neon designs of the tour merch. We should have seen Groove Denied coming. This is not a drill folks, Malkmus - he of the scarecrow lankiness and lovely shagginess - has gone and made a record that has about as much in common with the sounds of Sheffield in the early '80s as it does with The Grateful Dead.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

It's called Groove Denied because Matador insisted on releasing Sparkle Hard, an album Stephen Malkmus recorded with his mainstay supporting band the Jicks, instead of this electronic-infused record in 2018. This back story was revealed in a May 2018 Washington Post profile of Malkmus by Geoff Edgers, an article that perhaps overplayed the label's rejection of Groove Denied. Matador maintained that its plan was to have the album appear after Sparkle Hard, which was a better record to re-introduce the ex-Pavement leader into the marketplace after a four-year hiatus.

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