Easily one of the top 5 albums of the year, Mirror Traffic is 50 minutes of exuberant, radiant, elegantly restrained shades of Malkmus. The Jicks have never sounded so in control of their sound; so assured of direction, yet so loose as to allow for a genuinely profound enjoyment of the journey. This is a fantastic record, one that never lags for a moment and feels as vital and alive as any of Malkmus' work with Pavement. I can't wait to wind down and affirm the splendor of life with this record by the ocean, as September slowly evaporates the summer. Such a beautiful, simple lifestyle always demands a soundtrack, and I've found it in Mirror Traffic.