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Pollard and Gillard Together Again...

...and once again the results are satisfying. Keep It In Orbit jumped out at me for the most unique song I have heard from Pollard in awhile. Sounds a lot different from Mist King Urth, but that is not a bad thing.

Not bad

Airport 5's "Tower In The Fountain Of Sparks" is to their "Life Starts Here" as Lifeguards' "Mist King Urth" is to their "Waving At The Astronauts". The second effort is still pretty good, but just not as good as the first effort.

Five stars for Gillard's instrumental tracks, three stars at best for Bob's part (which sounds more forced and less fluid than some of his other efforts). But Pollard and Gillard fans will like this one... and even when Bob is average, his material is often of a better quality than much of what else is out there.

Just utterly fantastic (again)!

Mr. Pollard continues to crush it outta the park over and over. He's had more 5 star absolute classic records in the past 12 months than most bands have in their entire career. Everything from Boston Spaceships to the last Lifeguards album to his Lord of the Birdcage and Mouseman Cloud LP's have been amazing. Not to mention, the GBV reunion Lp was really good too. He finally has a great balance of putting out songs that are serviced by appropriate production. I love the classic GBV albums and their lo-fi production, but these songs deserve to be recorded in a way that services them best. Maybe they would sound even better if they were recorded like the classic records, but to these ears they sound absolutely perfect.

Thanks Bob. I owe you a few rounds.


Formed: 2003

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Lifeguards find two notable figures from the Midwest indie rock community joining forces to create tuneful but powerful rock & roll, though it's not the first context in which Robert Pollard and Doug Gillard have worked together. Pollard, from Dayton, OH, had been the leader, principle songwriter, and lead vocalist with Guided by Voices since the group's formation in 1985. Meanwhile, Gillard was a guitarist and songwriter with the Cleveland-based art punk band Death of Samantha from 1984 to the band's...
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