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Each Robert Pollard album (or Guided by Voices release) features some variation on Pollard's love for melodic pop songs where the roots of punk and psychedelia are somewhere in evidence. Mouseman Cloud is mostly a collection of quick, tuneful scraps: pop aphorisms for a world too busy to focus for too long. In fact, due to the tunes' relatively quick nature, the three songs that do exceed the three-minute mark sound like opuses. The lyrics play out like dream sequences: quick vignettes where the punchlines are woven into the observations of grumpy old men and railings against society's upper crust. The straight new wave guitar chug of "Dr. Time" feels complete despite its one-minute length. The harmonies are full and realized, and only Swearing at Motorists in its prime can challenge Pollard for the title of Rock's Quickest-Song Songwriter. It's lots of the usual hijinks and plenty of fun for those addicted to Pollard's every word. 

Customer Reviews


Dig it, I really do, but I'm still waiting for Bob to create something as brilliant as Kid Marine, Choreographed Man of War or Motel of Fools. This one is on par with Normal Happiness, Off to Business and Moses on a Snail....all good albums, but the bar has been set so high.

Another new classic (of several) in less than a year!!!

Listen, enjoy, buy, enjoy even more.


Born: October 31, 1957 in Dayton, OH

Genre: Alternative

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

One of the things that made Guided by Voices' rise from underground curios to indie superstars in the early '90s so noteworthy was that vocalist/guitarist Robert Pollard was also a teacher, an uncommon occupation for rock & roll idols. Pollard was born on October 31, 1957, in Dayton, Ohio. As a child, he was groomed by his father to become a professional athlete, and pitched a no-hitter for his high-school baseball team, but in college he realized that music meant more to him than sports. Pollard...
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