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Matthew Cutter Chronicles the Ordinary/ Extraordinary Life of Robert Pollard

On the lo-fi high jinks of unlikely alt-rock legend, Guided by Voices' Robert Pollard.

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Teenage Guitar: Force Fields at Home

The album is imperfect, incomplete and superfluous, but it exists in a world where those traits are what we want in an album.

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Teenage Guitar: Force Fields at Home

The album is imperfect, incomplete and superfluous, but it exists in a world where those traits are what we want in an album.

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You Have Been Waiting for 'Yes Is the Answer' Your Whole Life

Excellent writing from Rick Moody, Peter Case, Jim DeRogatis, and the man formerly known as John Wesley Harding. All on the subject of prog.

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Robert Pollard: Jack Sells the Cow

Pollard's second solo outing since Guided by Voices reformed is tight and loud, but uncharacteristically light on hooks.

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Todd Tobias: Medicine Show

Todd Tobias's instrumental debut has some strong moments, but as a whole it plays like a soundtrack without a story.

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Guided By Voices: Class Clown Spots a UFO

Guided By Voices are two-thirds of the way through their 2012 LP releases with Class Clown Spots a UFO, which is their best full-length in quite some time.

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Robert Pollard: Mouseman Cloud

Mouseman Cloud manages to sound up-to-date while still being warm, sincere and nonchalant, and Pollard of all people should recognize that those things simply transcend recording aesthetic.

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Guided By Voices: Let's Go Eat the Factory

Everything about this album -- from the murky sound to the youthful energy -- feels "classic", but in the end the material itself is merely solid.

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Boston Spaceships: Let It Beard

Let It Beard excels for the fact that it sprawls but also punches, that it feels both careful and ragged.

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Robert Pollard: Space City Kicks

This album continues a now long and impressive run of solid records, but it might be remembered more as a curious companion piece to this classic GBV tour.

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Boston Spaceships: Our Cubehouse Still Rocks

Our Cubehouse Still Rocks is a record of propulsion, something that can be defined not only in the fast-paced, fist-in-the-air anthems that Uncle Bob has penned for this album, but in the lyrical concerns as well.

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Losing My Religion: Revealing the Hollow Reality of Lo-Fi

This whole lo-fi thing, in its current form, is an affectation—a performance, a pose, the indie community’s response to “Vogue”. And this upcoming Guided By Voices tour will only enhance the performative aspects of the supposedly authentic aesthetic they have been championed for canonizing.

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The Devil Went Home and Puked: Robert Pollard's Rock Show

Sorry Guided By Voices fans, but there's no nice way to put it: this tedious, bewildering, and often unwatchable collage of rare home video footage of Dayton's favorite indie rock heroes is just flat out terrible.

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Robert Pollard: The Crawling Distance

Recently, Pollard seems to have been jolted back to life, and that continues with The Crawling Distance, his most consistent and energetically infectious group of songs in a decade.

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Boston Spaceships: Brown Submarine

Robert Pollard's best album may still be in the future, and may be born of the past.

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Robert Pollard: Robert Pollard Is Off to Business

Rather than spit out 22 short, uneven songs, Pollard focuses on 10 with his new album, and delivers some of his best post-GBV work.

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Robert Pollard: Superman was a Rocker

Mining his old tapes for hidden gems is an interesting idea, but Pollard's idea is only as good as its execution.

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Robert Pollard: Coast to Coast Carpet of Love

Pollard inevitably releases two albums on the same day, one of which is worth your time.

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Robert Pollard: Crickets

In typical Pollard fashion, Crickets is overstuffed with filler, but sifting through the mess will yield some classic tracks, and even a few lesser-known gems.

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Robert Pollard: Silverfish Trivia

Uncle Bob is back, err, still around with Silverfish Trivia, his new, mostly disposable mini-LP.

Matthew Fiander
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Robert Pollard: Normal Happiness

Far from giving up the grape, Dayton, Ohio's greatest rockstar opts for consistency on sixth effort of the year.

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Robert Pollard: From a Compound Eye

Pollard, the debauched saint of indie rock, releases his first solo album post-GBV. Yes, you still have a legitimate reason to sit at home and drink alone. Thank you, Uncle Bob.

Michael Franco
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EAT II: A Collection of Words and Pictures by Robert Pollard

It's hard to find any meaningful distinction between Pollard's poems and his songs, other than the latter generally work, and the former generally don't.

Andy Fogle
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Robert Pollard: Fiction Man

It's rare to find someone in the rock world who is essentially a human jukebox of songs. What else can one say about the front man of Guided by Voices?

Dennis Tyhacz
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Robert Pollard: Motel of Fools

The more time you spend with Motel of Fools, the more all of these feelings of incompleteness begin to make sense.

Dave Heaton

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