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The band's gritty sound has swelled into a grand sonic landscape, but a closer look shows a pockmarked world existing between the lyrical lines. Pollard's whimsical songwriting takes a turn for the serious on a number of Isolation songs. On "The Brides Have Hit Glass," he laments, "It won't last/ To be on top of your own world/ With no guard rails to cling onto/ You fall so very fast." On "How's My Drinking?" he almost slurs the words about ceasing to care for sobriety as he sings, "I won't change," and coos with the rest of the melody. Isolation is a brilliant mix of uptempo Pollard anthems ("Glad Girls") teetering on the edge of a fractured looking glass. --Jennifer Maerz
TuPac Robert Pollard. Word to your Grandmother.
Lookin' bad, real bad.
And ridiculous. Read more
"Not as good as Bee Thousand or Alien Lanes".... hey, isn't that the way every review of every GVB/Pollard project album is required to start? Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by Julia Truchsess
Fantastic CD. Amazing. Guided By Voices have put out so many albums that it's only natural that some would get lost in the shuffle--Isolation Drills is that record. Read morePublished on November 27, 2008 by A. J. Pepin
I have pretty much every CD by these unsung heroes of indie rock. This one is their best. Think in terms of a Beatles analogy. Read morePublished on December 20, 2006 by Adam Christing
guided by voices closes their flirtation with the "big time" in high style. the sound is big, really big. Read morePublished on July 22, 2006 by scot lade
Big guitars, big drums...big production! Holy mackerel! What's going on here? I thought Guided By Voices were supposed to be `low-fi'. Read morePublished on June 1, 2006 by Thomas D. Ryan
All I can say, Mr. Roy Pearl, is "Chasing Heather Crazy".
You want climax...you got climax.
Now go back and listen to Isolation Drills again. Read more
I thought i'd get your attention with that Pollard style title so here we go.
I discovered Gbv performing in a club on t.v. Read more
Robert Pollard is such an inhumanly talented songwriter he sometimes makes the rest of us want to give up. Read morePublished on April 6, 2005 by William Scalzo