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  • Summary: The first solo release for the rock artist in 18 years is an electronic album and was self-recorded/produced.
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  • Record Label: Matador
  • Genre(s): Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 83
    Groove Denied is the sound of Malkmus truly untethered, and once you get past the initial jolt of its radical stylistic change, you’ll recognize it for being the great album it is. Don’t let the ascetic nature of the arrangements fool you. Malkmus is trying to blow our minds, and he succeeds spectacularly.
  2. Uncut
    Mar 12, 2019
    80
    These 33 minutes are some of Malkmus' finest work; one avenue, then, has now been explored and staked out, but remains pleasingly wild. [Apr 2019, p.35]
  3. Mar 15, 2019
    80
    Rather than thinking of Groove Denied as some form of outlier we should only be thinking of it for what it is: a delicious treat.
  4. Mar 12, 2019
    70
    Recorded alone by Malkmus with the support of a stack of synths, drum machines, and a handful of guitars, Groove Denied doesn't fundamentally push at the boundaries of his music. Whatever electronic influence there is here, it's grounded in a stylized nod toward the pioneering, eerie analog experimentalism of the post-punk era.
  5. Mar 21, 2019
    70
    The lyrical framework in which he operates is fairly supple and improvisatory, though there are some surprisingly tender lines here and there. Structures and voicings are stripped back but viscid synths and odd, glitchy effects whir in the background.
  6. Mar 15, 2019
    70
    Not everything on Groove Denied works, but it’s gratifying to see a great songwriter still busy being born.
  7. Mojo
    Mar 12, 2019
    60
    The mangled, jangled garage-pop of Rushing The Acid Frat or Ocean Of revenge's dexterous fable-spinning remain at one with his cosmic professor MO, though, proof that Malkmus can vibrate beyond his usual frequency without losing himself or his listeners. [Apr 2019, p.89]

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  1. Mar 16, 2019
    10
    Stephen Malkmus is a legend, and this is a great album with eclectic influences, on first few listens I hear strands of Joy Division, Can, andStephen Malkmus is a legend, and this is a great album with eclectic influences, on first few listens I hear strands of Joy Division, Can, and Kraftwerk, swirls of early fuzz-rock and electronica. I really appreciate the streak he's on with these last few albums, enough of the familiar to keep old fans coming back and enough experimentation to keep himself having fun. Expand