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Class Clown Spots A UFO

Class Clown Spots A UFO

June 12, 2012

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Label: GBV Inc
  • Copyright: 2012 Guided By Voices, Inc.
  • Total Length: 39:44
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  • ASIN: B0084AMEGG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,343 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Wonderful addition to my musical collection.
Savvy218
If you buy just one album of theirs out of interest, please make sure this is the one!
Jack
The incredible song titles and always-interesting collage artwork by Bob himself.
Gregory William Locke

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By someone else on June 25, 2012
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Wow. Yes. Definitely.

I confess, I was a skeptic. Let's Go Eat the Factory never really impressed me, and I was worried that Class Clown would simply follow suit. Not the case at all. This one truly feels like a proper GBV release, and dare I say, it wouldn't be out of place in their 90's era works. I'm not yet sure I'd lump it with the golden three (Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, or Under the Bushes), but I'd easily lump it with Vampire and/or Propeller, and that's no small statement. This is the first GBV album in a long time that I found myself truly excited about during listening; it builds momentum and makes one eager to see where it goes next.

With Factory, Sprout's offerings carried and ultimately saved the album. Outside of three or four tracks, Pollard didn't have much of value to give. With Class Clown, Pollard is definitely back, and Sprout has a stunning six songs on the album, all of which are again very solid. There isn't a track on the whole thing that bogs the album down and that you'd like to skip but know you shouldn't. Admittedly, Class Clown might eventually deserve an extra star with more listens, but it's an easy four right now.

The title track is astounding. Again, to contrast to their previous effort, my biggest complaint about Factory was that it lacked a true single. This album is more like an Alien Lanes in that it has a few true singles, a number of very solid songs to bookend them, and excellent sequencing to make it feel balanced as an album, something that Factory also lacked. This album is such a clear step forward that I'm now honestly looking forward to the next album, not because I'm at all dissatisfied with the offering I have in my hands now, but because this album is proof that the boys still have it, even if I wasn't initially a believer. Call me a convert.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M Koerner on June 14, 2012
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It has been reported inaccurately in a number of reviews I've recently read about this latest offering from Guided By Voices that theses tracks were recorded at the same sessions as it's predecessor, Let's Go Eat the Factory. One might assume that a band set with the challenge of releasing three albums in a single year would take the approach of having a single set of sessions and then dividing the spoils between the three releases. Photographs, recording dates and interviews have been posted via Rockathon Records and Robert Pollard's Facebook page since last autumn fleshing out the details of the individual sessions. I think it's important to set the record straight here because Class Clown Spots a UFO is an album constructed by musicians in response to their previous efforts and in reflection of where they are at the precise moment of recording.

Given that the three 2012 releases (Bears for Lunch is scheduled to arrive in November) stem from what many rightfully consider the "Classic" lineup of Guided By Voices, one is compelled to make comparisons with benchmarks from the 90's, such as Propeller, Vampire of Titus, Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, Under the Bushes... It is important to remember that these albums carry with them nostalgia and benefit from the perspective that time can only give.

Class Clown Spots A UFO was made to be listened to as an album, not as a collection of singles. It is an audible collage from a band (not one individual) that consists of brief, ambiguous, clear, distorted, fragile and pure rock Valhalla moments. Its track sequence, like all memorable Guided By Voices albums, is vital to the composition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracy C. Copeland on July 21, 2012
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Let me start by stating that I first got into GBV through "Vampire on Titus/Propeller" soon after after I saw a glowing review of it in Alternative Press. Many GBV think that the band really started to shine with the release of "Bee Thousand", but I think that is totally wrong. "Vampire on Titus" and "Propeller" were the true starting points for the genius which is GBV.

That brings us to this album. This ranks up there with anything that GBV released during their "classic line-up" period. There are many , many songs here that I would welcome to hear at a concert. There is no weak filler here. I could listen to this album repeatedly and enjoy it, just like "Vampire on Titus/Propeller".

Enjoy the renuion as long as it lasts. May the next album be as good as this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By General Disarray (®_0) on July 12, 2012
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If you are familiar with Guided By Voices and Robert Pollard, you know what to expect even if you have given up trying to keep up with all the many many records. The "classic" GBV lineup does seem to be the best vehicle for Pollard after all and for whatever intangable reasons this new album hits the sweet spots. Class Clown finds the right balance in production, and is one of the most listenable albums in Bob Pollard's career, with an excellent flow and sequencing from start to finish.

I'm sure with with Let's Go Eat the Factory many wondered if this was just a novelty. With Class Clown Spots a UFO, GBV has come full circle, thou probably wiser for the journey. Makes me look forward to the next record, and hopefully the one after that.
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