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Mr. Pollard continues to pilfer licks and effects from every known pop music style of the last 35 years and make songs that seem eerily familiar yet completely new. Like tearing a phone book into scraps, throwing them into the air and having them turn into a bird.
The polished production on the album only means that you can hear every little detail on a boom box now. I don't care whether he continues to use Ocasek or not. The songs continue to be beautiful and evocative.
It should be noted that these songs are not supposed to make perfect sense all the time. They mean something to Mr. Pollard and they mean something to me. There might be some overlap, but that would just be icing on the cake. I only need to walk around humming "Liquid Indian" to bring back that wonderful swirling feeling of an exceptional acid trip from 15 years back. Dragons awake, indeed.
ignore most of these reviews and enjoy!
The only problem with this album is GBV's long-time fans (of which I am one) simply did not want their favorite band to grow, and change, and, frankly, be successful. They wanted this album dead.
And they got their wish.
For a GBV über-fan, there are lots of reasons to not like this album. Many prefered Robert Pollard's earlier, more "fun" approach to songwriting (elves, elves, and more elves). Many wouldn't accept anything other than a 4-Track-esque production quality. And some were never quite comfortable with the line-up change that occurred a few albums earlier.
But this happens with all the best bands: fans feel a deep and personal sense of ownership. The bands grow, and change, and the fans feel somehow dissed.
But this album was Robert Pollard's (and GBV's) first big step into "professional" production (UTBUTS was bigger-er, but still not quite "pro"). And, boy, had they earned it. Over a dozen insanely-great, self-produced albums of short songs and snippets that were (and still are) better than 98% of anything you hear on commercial radio.
This was their big chance. Rick Ocasek as producer (a master) pushed Pollard and the band very, very hard. He wouldn't let them drink while working. He insisted they behave like the mature, talented musicians they were.
And this is the result. Easily one of their top 3 albums.
But the fans revolted. "Sell Out!!!" they cried. "How DARE you release an album recorded on 2-inch tape!"
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Much like Isolation Drills (though this one is stronger) I never gave this one a chance when it came out. I am glad I did because it is really hitting the spot now.Published 21 months ago by matthew ward
Personally, I love this album. Yes, the production is remarkably slick compared to other GBV albums, but it's a truly unique album for that reason. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by anetta bajer
This cd - their first attempt at being "produced" - gets knocked by a lot of their early, purist, fans. But unjustly. Read morePublished on February 9, 2007 by M. gregory
Lot of bad-mouthing going on here. I'd say most of these people weren't truly fans of the band. Either you get Guided By Voices or you don't. Read morePublished on December 7, 2005 by M. Hafar
Folks who say that this puppy has too much filler, probably hasn't listened to the album in the right mood. This is very much a spring album. Read morePublished on June 18, 2005 by baron von richtofen
I am an ardent defender of this album, and all later day GBV for that matter. But let me preface this review by saying that I am not an ardent Ric (no k... Read morePublished on May 21, 2005 by Taz
As a long time GBV fan, I hated this when it came out in 1999. It wasn't the production that bothered me, I thought the songs were weak, especially when up against the brillant... Read morePublished on February 7, 2005 by Dominic Hollman