16 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Coast to Coast Carpet of Love is the first of two simultaneous October 2007 releases by the ridiculously prolific Robert Pollard (the other being the slightly more abrasive Standard Gargoyle Decisions). Between Guided By Voices and his countless side and solo projects, Pollard has released somewhere in the ballpark of 50 albums. Obviously, the quality varies. Pollard is never one to throw an idea away, so half-sketches such as “Penumbra” and “I Clap for Strangers” sit next to more fully-realized pop songs such as “Miles Under the Skin” and “Slow Hamilton.” But the undisciplined mish-mosh is part of Pollard’s underground appeal, where his lo-fi pop experiments are seen as part of the process and expression of the man. Besides, like any excessive collection, what should remain is never clear. One listener’s clutter is another listener’s charm. The near two-minutes of “Nicely Now” may seem like another clever rewrite from the Pollard catalog as filtered through the Anglo-pop of Robyn Hitchcock, but it might be the one that resonates most. Pollard simply overwhelms the listener into submission.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Coast to Coast Carpet of Love is the first of two simultaneous October 2007 releases by the ridiculously prolific Robert Pollard (the other being the slightly more abrasive Standard Gargoyle Decisions). Between Guided By Voices and his countless side and solo projects, Pollard has released somewhere in the ballpark of 50 albums. Obviously, the quality varies. Pollard is never one to throw an idea away, so half-sketches such as “Penumbra” and “I Clap for Strangers” sit next to more fully-realized pop songs such as “Miles Under the Skin” and “Slow Hamilton.” But the undisciplined mish-mosh is part of Pollard’s underground appeal, where his lo-fi pop experiments are seen as part of the process and expression of the man. Besides, like any excessive collection, what should remain is never clear. One listener’s clutter is another listener’s charm. The near two-minutes of “Nicely Now” may seem like another clever rewrite from the Pollard catalog as filtered through the Anglo-pop of Robyn Hitchcock, but it might be the one that resonates most. Pollard simply overwhelms the listener into submission.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

neasterl ,

Bout what I expected

I'm a pretty big RP and GBV fan and this album was about what I had predicted. Not better than his last 2 releases or the other releases he has made with his side project which are excellent I must say. Some songs on here I could do without but some are definately rememberable. Always an enjoyable listen and I think this album is a reconfirmation of Pollard's prolific songwriting ability all these years which is just absolutely astounding cause he rarely releases something bad considering he puts out at least 4 records a year. I'm going to see him in December and I just can't wait.

Blimps Go 90 ,

Brilliant....Uncle Bob does it again like he always does.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this is the best record Pollard has put out since Half Smiles of the Decomposed. Everything he does is magic but this grabs you from the start and doesnt let go till the end where it dares you to not hit repeat and do it all over agin. Pure pop beauty from the guy that invented it! Slow Hamilton is destined to be a classic among the faithful, just beautiful creamy pop. Try and not fall in love with the drums and guitar hooks in Youth Leagues. Our Gaze rocks in the catchiest way since Rhoda Rhoda from Normal Happiness. Then you got Current Desparation, Miles Under The Skin (which just kills, another example of the fact the man is doing his best work as we speak), Life of a Wife, Rud Fins......people these are all on one album! The artists that fill the mire of mainstream music wish they could write one track to compete with the level this man has given to us over and over and over again for some 24 years...a true testament to Robert Pollards brilliance and its all wraped up nicely in 16 songs. A must have!

Disarm The Settlers

softrockrenegade ,

pure pop gem

it really is!!! its a shame to see how far down the mainstream has gone when u hear these 16 track of pure brilliance.. 30 or 40 years ago every song on this record woud have been a top 10 hit pollards best work to date as far as im concerned

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