10 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With instrumental foil Todd Tobias providing much of the backing, ex-Guided By Voices leader Robert Pollard continues his relentless foray into the world of obscure indie-pop with another strong batch of surrealistic songs. "It's Easy" is the rare Pollard ballad that nearly sounds morose until you listen to the sketchy lyrics, but elsewhere things motor away with his usual chug, as "Faking My Harlequin" hits a hypnotizing buzz with its highway cruise, while "Too Much Fun" deliberately slices and dices its rhythms until it sounds as if Pollard and his "band" are out parking cars. Plenty of aching, echoed reverb adds the usual haunting quality to these slightly British-sounding pop gems and while nothing approaches the tight-knit chemistry of his old band, Pollard always sounds like an enthusiastic kid falling in love with pop music for the first time. A decent trick considering the two decades he's been at it and considering how many songs he's penned.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With instrumental foil Todd Tobias providing much of the backing, ex-Guided By Voices leader Robert Pollard continues his relentless foray into the world of obscure indie-pop with another strong batch of surrealistic songs. "It's Easy" is the rare Pollard ballad that nearly sounds morose until you listen to the sketchy lyrics, but elsewhere things motor away with his usual chug, as "Faking My Harlequin" hits a hypnotizing buzz with its highway cruise, while "Too Much Fun" deliberately slices and dices its rhythms until it sounds as if Pollard and his "band" are out parking cars. Plenty of aching, echoed reverb adds the usual haunting quality to these slightly British-sounding pop gems and while nothing approaches the tight-knit chemistry of his old band, Pollard always sounds like an enthusiastic kid falling in love with pop music for the first time. A decent trick considering the two decades he's been at it and considering how many songs he's penned.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Turdts ,

Done it again...

Neil Young's daddy said to Neil at a very young age... "real writers write." Well, Bob is a real writer. Thanks for playing the Turf Club Bob! Your friend in MSP.

The Golden Boys ,

Please Bob, make the call...

I am sure Mr Sprout is just waiting by the phone so as you both can recapture the sounds so many of us old timers so long to hear.

Stay Gold,
V in Baltimore

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