12 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Robert Pollard, the former leader of Guided By Voices, has only increased his output since putting GBV to rest in 2004. Yet, 2010’s Moses On a Snail is a slowdown of sorts. It features only 12 songs, not the usual barrage, and the tempos trend towards the slower end of the beats-per-minute chart. “The Weekly Crow” sets the tone. The guitars and warbling keyboards trudge behind Pollard’s weary harmonies and his lead vocals that sound like an Englishman caught in the rain without his umbrella. The power chords of “A Constant Strangle” lurch forward with the feeling that everything could come apart at any moment. This unusually dour Pollard release is fascinating in how it balances its downcast mood. “Arrows and Balloons” allows a few rays of sunshine to burst through as the guitars shuffle between two chords and “It’s News” sounds like something birthed in the late-‘70s new wave movement. The title track ends things with a five-minute epic. For Pollard, this is as prog-rock as he’s ever attempted.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Robert Pollard, the former leader of Guided By Voices, has only increased his output since putting GBV to rest in 2004. Yet, 2010’s Moses On a Snail is a slowdown of sorts. It features only 12 songs, not the usual barrage, and the tempos trend towards the slower end of the beats-per-minute chart. “The Weekly Crow” sets the tone. The guitars and warbling keyboards trudge behind Pollard’s weary harmonies and his lead vocals that sound like an Englishman caught in the rain without his umbrella. The power chords of “A Constant Strangle” lurch forward with the feeling that everything could come apart at any moment. This unusually dour Pollard release is fascinating in how it balances its downcast mood. “Arrows and Balloons” allows a few rays of sunshine to burst through as the guitars shuffle between two chords and “It’s News” sounds like something birthed in the late-‘70s new wave movement. The title track ends things with a five-minute epic. For Pollard, this is as prog-rock as he’s ever attempted.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Atomrock ,

It's News!!!

The more I listen to this album...the better it gets. Do yo self a favor and but it now (the physical copy!)!!!

So much great stuff on this album. The cello on "The Weekly Crow" is perfecto. "It's News" is the best song Devo forgot to write. "Arrows and Balloons" is a pretty as any girl i've ever seen. "Each is Good In His Own House" la la la la, la la, la la, la, la la la la, la la la la.

The closer "Moses On A Snail" kicks some dust bunnies right where it counts.

Kudos to Bob and Todd for making ANOTHER great album for me to listen to over and over and over and over and over and over...infinity.

highway maintainer ,

enough

sometimes, you have to know the pot is empty, or you will starve

Rueben2 ,

Buy now!!

This album is so good!!!! The melodies that Bob comes up with are incredible!! I've been a GBV fan for a while and this album is not a GBV album but it is so good and it's still Bob!! A cold one in hand and Pollard kicking out the jams, doesn't get any better! Buy this album!

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