Thursday, 26 November 2015

Year by year: 1999


No one can write a disjointed melody as beautifully as Stephen Malkmus. No one can break your heart with meaningless lyrics the way Stephen Malkmus can do that. Could, can – I still rate his songwriting, even though a good song comes with an effort these days.

“The Hexx” is icy cold perfection and “Ann Don’t Cry” is achingly pretty. “Major Leagues” is still irresistible and “Platform Blues” is still mind-blowing. Terror Twilight could be Pavement at their most flawless. Even the silly “Folk Jam” has its playful place between the gorgeous and the beautiful. 

Terror Twilight was the best gift to the fans. Swan song, and they knew it. Also, I quite like to think this album was the perfect ending for the 90s. It had a bit of everything. It was catchy, irrelevant, grungy, sentimental. And, most importantly, it finished with a brilliantly irreverent metaphor.