Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks*Sparkle Hard

Label:Matador – OLE-1328-1
Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:USA & Canada
Style:Indie Rock


A1Cast Off
A2Future Suite
A3Solid Silk
A4Bike Lane
A5Middle America
B11Difficulties / Let Them Eat Vowels

Companies, etc.



Includes a printed insert and a download code.

All songs [...] • 2017 Treble Kicker Publishing (BMI) • Admin by Words And Music/Big Deal Music

Recorded and mixed [...] at Halfling Studios summer 2017 w/some 'dubs at Shamrock Justice West
Mastering by Peerless

℗&© 2018 Matador Records
134 Grand Street NYC 10013

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 744861132813
  • Barcode (As printed): 7 44861 13281 3
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, etched): OLE-1328-1 A JJ
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, stamped): GOLDEN
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, etched): OLE-1328-1 B JJ
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, stamped): GOLDEN
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Sparkle Hard (CD, Album)MatadorOLE-1328-2US2018
Sparkle Hard (LP, Album)DominoWIGLP429UK & Europe2018
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Sparkle Hard (LP, Album, Deluxe Edition, Silver)DominoWIGLP429XMUK2018
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Sparkle Hard (LP, Album, Deluxe Edition, Silver Heavyweight)Domino, DominoWIGLP429X, WIGLP429Europe2018
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Sparkle Hard (CD, Album, Stereo)DominoWIGCD429UK & Europe2018



  • JLS929's avatar
    this one is an example of 'should go back to Pavement'. Dino J. did it well....i bet they could as well. This world needs a new Pavement album.
    • cptdavious's avatar
      Edited 4 years ago
      Does anyone else thing the black vinly (US Matadar) sounds terrible? To me its so flat sounding. The music, and album itself is fantastic....up there with his best.
      • CityOfDaughters's avatar
        Edited 5 years ago
        Couldn’t agree more with I.Dig.Wax on this one. From the opening piano notes of Cast Off, Sparkle Hard promises to be a classic. And then it delivers.

        Songs like Kite and Difficulties/Let Them Eat Vowels finally see Malkmus writing songs on an epic scale. Brethren and Solid Silk feature gorgeous string arrangements that evoke pastoral settings and carry a striking somberness. There are synth flourishes throughout the album that create a completely new and fresh sound for Malkmus. And I’d be remiss to leave out mention of the infamous vocoder performances. It’s silly, it’s playful, and then suddenly it will be jarring and dissonant.

        The lyrics are flat-out stunning. For a songwriter with a penchant for clever lyricism to step up to an entirely new level speaks volumes of the quality on display. Malkmus is more relevant, thoughtful, and touching than ever here. Think less Dadaist and more Impressionist.

        Simply put, this is a versatile, surprising, and stunning release. This is not just one of the best releases of Malkmus’s solo career (which I’ve always found just a little underwhelming in comparison to his past glories), but it easily contends with some of his Pavement releases as well. For serious.

        Hopefully Sparkle Hard will be re-evaluated for the upcoming year-end lists, because it deserved much, much more love than it received. Major, major props to Malkmus for this one.
        • I.DIG.WAX's avatar
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