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Album Review

The vast majority of great GBV releases, whether they be full-lengths or singles, are notable for at least one or two classic Robert Pollard pop anthems — the kind of instantly memorable, undeniably rousing crowd-pleasers he writes with a frequency and proficiency unmatched by any of his contemporaries. Get Out of My Stations is the exception: an abrasive, experimental outing (befitting its release on the abrasive, experimental Siltbreeze label), its seven songs favor minor-key melodies, musique-concrete sound effects and fragmented arrangements, yet unlike GBV's more misguided leaps of faith, the music here is consistently compelling and listenable. While the McCartney-esque "Melted Pat" is the closest thing to a conventional Pollard composition, the clear highlight is the opening "Scalding Creek," an impressively weird stab at penning a campfire folk ballad.

Biography

Formed: 1985 in Dayton, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Inspired equally by jangle pop and arty post-punk, Guided by Voices created a series of trebly, hissy indie rock records filled with infectiously brief pop songs that fell somewhere between the British Invasion and prog rock. After recording six self-released albums between 1986 and 1992, the Dayton, Ohio-based band attracted a handful of fans within the American indie rock underground. With the 1994 release of Bee Thousand, the group became an unexpected alternative rock sensation, winning positive...
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