Wednesday, March 7, 2012

GBV back with original line-up

I mentioned a couple of days ago that I was liking Let's Go Eat the FActory, the new GBV (at least until May, when it will be the second-to-newest GBV...hard to keep up with Pollard). Anyway, my review ran today at Dusted, check it out.

Guided by Voices
Let’s Go Eat the Factory
(Guided by Voices Industries)

Let’s Go Eat the Factory is the first Guided by Voices album in 16 years to be recorded by the band’s original line-up: Robert Pollard, of course, but also Mitch Mitchell, Greg Demos and, perhaps most significantly, Tobin Sprout. Indeed, you are not very far into this fuzzy, blustery, Beatles-into-Who enterprise, when you come across a coda to “Spiderfight” that reminds you why Sprout mattered. Tipped in at the end of a distorted rampage, here is a tremulous, delicate, beautifully vulnerable bit that makes you remember how Sprout was soul to Pollard’s muscular mercuriality. Nearly two decades ago, in Bee Thousand, “Awful Bliss” carved a lyrical space between “Gold Star for Robot Boy” and “Mincer Ray.” Now “Spiderfight” (and later “Who Invented the Sun”) provides the same kind of contrast, one that both satisfies on its own account and makes Pollard’s big voiced, buzz-guitared pop sound even rougher and more urgent.


"Doughnut for a Snowman"

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