Stephen Malkmus really needs no introduction. Wig Out At Jagbags is his latest album- his 6th with The Jicks and follow-up to 2011’s Mirror Traffic. On the Malkmus-scale it’s a good record, but probably not a great one. Of course, you need to bear in mind that scale is a few runs up the ladder to your normal-ever-day act; so it really depends what you’re comparing things too. Does a really good banana beat a mango?
Sonically, the album doesn’t fall too far from the apple tree. You’ll be hard pushed to find any eyebrow raising surprises, not that that it’s a bad thing. I mean, at all. Like, sounding like a Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks record is a pretty excellent thing to sound like when that’s exactly what you are. Lyrically, Malkmus is, as always, a treat if you are a fan of puns and smart-dad jokes. He’s a serious musician who doesn’t take himself too seriously. And, very much so, is the joy of this record.
I’m not going dare say that this is Malkmus’ best work to date; it’s not – but it’s definitely up to standard and any fan will enjoy adding this to their collection much more than simply from an obsessive compulsive completist perspective.