24 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It was only a matter of time before the guys in America's most beloved garage band would leave the lo-fi confines of the garage and find their way to a professional recording studio. With the Breeders' Kim Deal serving as a "producer," the band increased the fidelity ever so mildly, still resting on the comforts of densely packed distorted guitars and extra-helpings of echo-plexed vocals to heighten the Britpop vocal stylings of Ohio resident Robert Pollard. The band's fun-loving songwriting never abandons them and tracks such as "Rhine Jive Click," "The Official Ironmen Rally Song," and "Big Boring Wedding" mirror the band's serious facility with modern pop and their genuinely silly worldview, where another beer is the only answer that need apply. The songs are even occasionally epic, by Pollard standards, reaching the three-minute mark on multiple occasions ("Redmen and Their Wives" flirts just under four). The band was, unbelievably, growing up and maturing into a more serious unit, as their next batch of albums would reveal.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It was only a matter of time before the guys in America's most beloved garage band would leave the lo-fi confines of the garage and find their way to a professional recording studio. With the Breeders' Kim Deal serving as a "producer," the band increased the fidelity ever so mildly, still resting on the comforts of densely packed distorted guitars and extra-helpings of echo-plexed vocals to heighten the Britpop vocal stylings of Ohio resident Robert Pollard. The band's fun-loving songwriting never abandons them and tracks such as "Rhine Jive Click," "The Official Ironmen Rally Song," and "Big Boring Wedding" mirror the band's serious facility with modern pop and their genuinely silly worldview, where another beer is the only answer that need apply. The songs are even occasionally epic, by Pollard standards, reaching the three-minute mark on multiple occasions ("Redmen and Their Wives" flirts just under four). The band was, unbelievably, growing up and maturing into a more serious unit, as their next batch of albums would reveal.

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