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The music should be judged as that, and this album is some of their finest work!
Now it seems as if on every play of their new CD, I am hearing some songs fresh for the first time, and great songs they are.
Universal Truths and Cycles is the best and perfect place to start if you're new to Guided By Voices.
This album is ok but not nearly up there with classics suchs as Alien Lanes, Devil Between My Toes, Bee Thousand, Under The Bushes Under The Stars and my personal favorite... Read morePublished on September 4, 2008 by Stephen B. Sumemrlin
The best cd of GBV phase two .... Probably (I know I'm out on a limb here) the best cd of their whole career. Read morePublished on February 9, 2007 by M. gregory
After reading references to GBV in Dennis Cooper novels, I finally bought a GBV CD. I got this one when it was brand-new, and I loved loved loved it. Read morePublished on November 15, 2006 by greyhound1954
universal truths and cycles, guided by voices thirteenth album, has the best of intentions. all it lacks is color. every GbV record has a flavor all its own. not this one. Read morePublished on July 22, 2006 by scot lade
One universal truth is that Guided By Voices make one hell of a lot of music. Another universal truth is that when it comes to quality, it varies like crazy. Read morePublished on June 1, 2006 by Thomas D. Ryan
Let's start off by saying this is not the place to start. I think that it is a good album but not without a solid knowledge of the band. Read morePublished on July 17, 2005 by George a Pletz
While certainly praised by critics and real people alike, I still get a vibe that this is an underrated GBV album. Read morePublished on May 22, 2005 by Taz
I've been a GBV fan for many years, since at least 1994/95, and I have most of their records -- and that's saying something! Read morePublished on May 21, 2005 by Matt Foster
I'm a late comer to GBV. Now I'm full on addicted. This happened to be the album that hooked me (not Bee Thousand, which I bought the same time as this). Read morePublished on December 5, 2004 by Sean Draine