Mirror Traffic

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Mirror Traffic
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 23, 2011
LabelMatador (U.S.)
Domino (U.K.)
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks chronology
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Mirror Traffic is the fifth studio album by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, released on August 23, 2011 by Matador Records. It is the first collaboration between Stephen Malkmus and producer Beck and also the last album to feature drummer Janet Weiss, who moved on to become a member of Wild Flag.[1] As of November 2013, the album has sold 30,000 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.[2]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[5]
The A.V. ClubB−[6]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[7]
The Guardian4/5 stars[8]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[9]
Q4/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[13]

Mirror Traffic has received positive reviews. Spin called it "a patient, inviting album that feels like a fresh start from a guy whose recording career spans multiple boom-and-bust cycles, both for indie rock and the economy."[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Stephen Malkmus.

2."No One Is (As I Are Be)"3:58
4."Brain Gallop"5:02
6."Asking Price"2:41
7."Stick Figures in Love"3:45
9."Long Hard Book"2:48
10."Share the Red"5:19
11."Tune Grief"2:19
12."Forever 28"3:35
13."All Over Gently"3:10
14."Fall Away"2:18
15."Gorgeous Georgie"5:00
Total length:50:35


  1. ^ First Listen: Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks: NPR
  2. ^ Jason Lipshutz (2013-11-12). "Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Announce New Album, Share 'Lariat' Track: Listen". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2015-03-05. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  3. ^ "Mirror Traffic by Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  4. ^ "Reviews for Mirror Traffic by Stephen Malkmus". Metacritic. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Mirror Traffic – Stephen Malkmus / Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks". AllMusic. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  6. ^ Murray, Noel (August 23, 2011). "Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: Mirror Traffic". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  7. ^ Maerz, Melissa (August 10, 2011). "Mirror Traffic review – Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  8. ^ Hughes, Tom (August 18, 2011). "Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks: Mirror Traffic – review". The Guardian. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  9. ^ Wappler, Margaret (August 23, 2011). "Album Review: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks' 'Mirror Traffic'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  10. ^ Dosanjh, Ash (August 16, 2011). "Album Review: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – 'Mirror Traffic'". NME. Archived from the original on September 26, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  11. ^ Mitchum, Rob (August 22, 2011). "Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Mirror Traffic". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  12. ^ "Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Mirror Traffic". Q (302): 116. September 2011.
  13. ^ Dolan, Jon (August 23, 2011). "Mirror Traffic". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  14. ^ a b Hogan, Marc (August 23, 2011). "Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, 'Mirror Traffic' (Matador)". Spin. Retrieved May 14, 2019.