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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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Blimps Go 90 ,

Start to Finish....ASTONISHING!!!!

I don't even know what to say about this album.....it's impossible to reflect just how incredible it truely is. It's cleaner and more focused than anything else GBV put out to this point. FINALLY iTunes has put this record up. It really does need to be experienced from beginning to end though and then again and again. Some of Sprout and Pollards finest moments occur here. Tobin's Atom Eyes, It's Like Soul Man, To Remake The Young Flyer are perfectly sprinkled between Pollard greats like Drag Days, Your Name Is Wild, Cut Out Witch, Underwater Explosions, Don't Stop Now, Sheetkickers and maybe my fav...Big Boring Wedding.

Disarm The Settlers.

non-hydrostatic ,

Amazing music

I’m a latecomer to GbV, and bought “Bee Thousand” as my first purchase. I love it but there are times when I wished the songs would have been allowed to shine rather than have to fight their way through the murk. “Under the Bushes Under the Stars” is far cleaner sounding, and the songs are glorious. “Man Called Aerodynamics” is a high flier with true guitar crunch, “The Official Ironmen Rally Song” is anthemic and hooky, and “Big Boring Wedding” drives with a soaring chord progression. But the true stunner is “Redmen and Their Wives,” a devastating reflection on small-town life with the saddest intro since Pere Ubu’s “Codex.” Not far behind is “Acorns and Orioles,” an acoustic meditation on - what? - with Robert Pollard’s wistful repeating of the tag line “I can’t tell you anything / you don’t already now.”

Jacks Mind ,

A Classic

What more can I say. If you like anything you may even remotely call rock music then you must hear this album.

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