Pig Lib

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Pig Lib
Studio album by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
Released March 18, 2003
Recorded May – August 2002
Genre Indie rock
Length 47:30
Label Matador
Producer Ryan Hadlock
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks chronology
Stephen Malkmus
(2001)
Pig Lib
(2003)
Face the Truth
(2005)

Pig Lib is the second studio album by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, released on March 18, 2003 by Matador Records. It peaked at #97 in the U.S. and #63 in the UK. The first pressing of the record came with a bonus disc containing five never before released songs. As of June 2004, the album has sold 49,000 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[4]
Pitchfork Media 8.0/10[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]

Pig Lib received positive reviews from music critics. Christian Hoard, writing for Rolling Stone, described the album as "Malkmus' loosest set of songs ever, an elegantly meandering head trip underpinned by the kind of tuneful, world-wise romanticism that's won him the hearts of English majors everywhere".[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Water and a Seat" – 4:18
  2. "Ramp of Death" – 2:37
  3. "(Do Not Feed the) Oyster" – 4:49
  4. "Vanessa from Queens" – 3:21
  5. "Sheets" – 3:19
  6. "Animal Midnight" – 5:11
  7. "Dark Wave" – 2:26
  8. "Witch Mountain Bridge" – 5:21
  9. "Craw Song" – 2:41
  10. "1% of One" – 9:11
  11. "Us" – 4:16

Bonus disc[edit]

  1. "Dynamic Calories" – 2:23
  2. "Fractions & Feelings" – 3:28
  3. "Old Jerry" – 6:18
  4. "The Poet and the Witch" (live) – 2:05
  5. "Shake It Around" (live) – 4:04

"The Poet and The Witch" is a Mellow Candle cover.

"Shake It Around" is an otherwise unreleased original.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan Cohen (2004-06-04). "Malkmus Mulls 'Different' Record". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2004-06-12. Retrieved 2004-06-12. 
  2. ^ "Pig Lib". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  3. ^ Thomas Erlewine. "Pig Lib". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2013-06-04. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  4. ^ Robert Christgau. "Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks". Robert Christgau website. Archived from the original on 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  5. ^ Chris Ott (2003-03-10). "Pig Lib". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2013-10-24. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  6. ^ a b Christian Hoard (2003-03-11). "Pig Lib". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 

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