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  • Audio CD (June 23, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B000006OKA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Make Use
2. Vibrations In The Woods
3. Just Say The Word
4. Subspace Biographies
5. Caught Waves Again
6. Waved Out
7. Whiskey Ships
8. Wrinkled Ghost
9. Artificial Light
10. People Are Leaving
11. Steeple Of Knives
12. Rumbling Joker
13. Showbiz Opera Walrus
14. Pick Seeds From My Skull
15. Second Step Next Language

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Guided by Voices made a name for themselves in the '80s and early '90s with albums of engagingly quirky, independent art-rock, fueled largely by the imagination and peculiar melodic ear of Robert Pollard (along with fellow GBV songwriter Tobin Sprout). The material on Pollard's second solo release continues the distinctly offbeat trend. Despite his falling out with Sprout and the personnel housecleaning within GBV that followed, the former schoolteacher continues to make embracing indie pop--idiosyncratic and occasionally bizarre, yet harmonious and heartfelt. Pollard has always embraced lo-fi, garage-sound recording techniques, and Waved Out makes few concessions to that aesthetic, churning out a simple sonic overlay and letting the baroque lyrical structure poetically fill out the unencumbered approach. --Matthew Cooke

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This solo album is supposedly more linear than [Guided By Voices'] sublime psychic splinters--which is true enough if the line in question was through a join-the-dots puzzle of the Milky Way. Otherwise, Waved Out is another disorientated wander through a state of confusion. -- New Musical Express

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Miller on January 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Somewhere in the world is a band looking for that perfect hook. I have news for them. Robert Pollard already knows it, played it, and thought of ten more while you were reading this. This man continues to write melodies that are so stunning, it's almost embarrassing. Wow. Buy this album if you want to hear one of the best solo albums of all time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1998
Format: Audio CD
you won't be dissapointed with this one! another instant classic from mr. pollard and friends, waved out proves that gbv in all its incarnations just gets better and better! at times both inspiring and sobering, mournful and joyful- a record that requires repeat listenings! enjoy!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Okay, so everybody into Guided By Voices knows that Robert Pollard records LOTS of songs and often releases MANY discs a year. This sometimes causes a glut of GBV product to hit the market at once, so two years ago Pollard started releasing solo releases to capture the more experimental stuff. Naturally, it's not ALL experimental, and here,like on Pollard's first "solo" Not in My Airforce, you have class-A GBV material meeting and attempting to mesh with weird and even downright wacky B-side style material. The results?
Ultimately, I must admit that I'm more pleased with this album than Airforce. For one, the production is mostly good, though being from many different sources it DOES vary throughout. Pollard's influences are in high use here, from Wire to the Who to the Beatles... In fact it is from the White Album that Pollard was apparently inspired for "Showbiz Opera Walrus", perhaps the strangest track in Pollard's entire career, and that's REALLY saying something...
But then you have the A-list, and that kicks off with the first track, "Make Use", which throttles it with the best of 'em. Add the multi-textured "Subspace Biographies", the Wire-esque title track, the psychedelic "People Are Leaving" and the pretty "Pick Seeds From My Skull". And fortunately the songs in between, if not as great, are at least interesting and full of neat tricks. The largest problem, in fact is that old Pollard Problem: there's little continuity of ANY kind, ANY where. Still, a good one, a package worthy of the full GBV title, which reminds me that I'm VERY excited about the NEXT GBV package (already being recorded!) with Ric Ocasek as producer! Meantime, if you're a GBV/Pollard fan, kickback and have a some fun. In found that I did, and you can bet your Postal Blowfish that Pollard certainly is...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Second solo release from the prolific singer/songwriter of Guided By Voices. Catchy "lo-fi arena rock", to quote the master himself. This continues where NOT IN MY AIRFORCE left off and certainly deserves your ear. Check out "Subspace Biographies" and understand why this man can make anyone whistle while they work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mab on August 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
The lyrics on this one are among Bob's best--surpassed only by Kid Marine. It's a dark album, possibly autobiographical. The recurring theme seems to be fading celebrity. "Waved Out", "People are Leaving", "Artificial Light", "Make Use", "Just Say the Word", "Pick Seeds from My Skull" are the highlights.
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"... justifying our existence, in the belly of the whale." Just one of many great lines contained here. There's a real sense of fun and experimentation throughout this album, but some people seem to mistake this for superficiality. That's a real shame, because this is by no means a "weak" Robert Pollard album. Just like his 1st solo album "Not In My Airforce", the quality dips towards the end, but this is more an indication of how he likes to construct an album- than it is a lack of ideas. It is a very colorful album; I think the thing that stands out the most is how each song successfully makes use of a certain effect; be it on the vocals, drums, or guitar; it just fits each song so well. Make Use is a very strong opener- great guitar riff, great drum pattern, an unexpected burst of keyboard; a classic. Vibrations In the Woods- one of my favorites, it has a nice homemade sound to it, with a cool drum effect, and the catchy/cryptic refrain of "We are headed North." Subspace Biographies is a fan favorite- an extremely simple but propulsive rocker. The next real highlight is the awesome combo of "Whiskey Ships" & "Wrinkled Ghost"- observe how Pollard builds substantial pop confection out of two meager little riffs. Just as you start to think "Wrinked Ghost" is the melancholy pop highlight of the album- the amazing "People Are Leaving" comes along and blows away everything that came before. Pollards' diversity is clearly one of his strong points, and here, out of nowhere, he produces this almost unbearably pretty piano based tune with a cool doubled vocal effect- each vocal singing a different lyric. This is one of the prettiest songs he has ever written, and a great ode to friends who have passed away.Read more ›
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