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After two decades of music making at an unheard of level of production — his boxed sets have boxed sets of outtakes — Robert Pollard, solo or with Guided By Voices or any one of his one-off side projects, isn’t about to surprise anyone with anything other than his uncanny ability to find yet one more pop melody that he hasn’t already sung. In this case there’s the majesty of “The Blondes” that slows his manic approach just long enough to unveil a stately melody and solid harmonies that emanate from a 1960s pop that never actually existed, but was reinvented sometime in the late-70s / early ‘80s by the Soft Boys and a number of other retro-punks. At ten tracks, with most passing the three-minute mark, this is the closest to a conventional album Pollard has put together in some time. And its conventionality is what actually gives it an extra edge. Pollard sounds focused. And by not drowning his ideas in too many other ideas, tunes such as “1 Years Old,” “Gratification to Concrete,” and the sprawling lament of “Confessions of a Teenage Jerk-Off” actually stick out.

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Agreed, Grows On You With Each Listen

I was surprised to see the negative reviews here. This grows more familiar with each play. In fact this is the album you'll want to play on that windows down, sunroof open, speakers loud, summer drive you can't afford to take. A nice collection of pop songs here.

A Return to Form

Compared to "Superman Was A Rocker," Bob Pollard's new album is a godsend. Unlike his previous albums, both with GBV and apart from them, he gives his songs a chance to stretch out, with only one song under two minutes and several more over three. This new expanded form allows songs like "No One But I," "Gratification to Concrete" and "To the Path!" to realize their full potential as high-quality nuggets of modern pop, and not merely as simple sketches. The combination of "Isolation Drills" style rock with "Silverfish Trivia"-esque melodies help to create Pollard's best solo effort to date.

Off to business indeed!

What else but another near perfect rock record. Check out Gratifaction to Concrete, Weatherman and Skin Goddess, 1 Years Old and Western Centipede for further proof that at 50, Pollard brings the rock better and more consistantly than anyone in the game. Like most Pollard records this one is a grower and deserves repeated listens straight through before you choose your favorite.....it changes with every spin. No One But I and To The Path are eveidence of that....they sneek up on ya. Disarm The Settlers

Biography

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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