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Editors’ Notes

Robert Pollard isn't going to edit himself; we know that. So it's up to his fans to do it themselves. 2013's English Little League is the fourth album by the reunited mid-'90s version of Guided by Voices in about a year. (A fifth one is planned for release before year's end.) Clearly, not even a prolific middle-age prodigy like Pollard can make clean contact this often. However, debating the merits of his relentless output is a sport of its own, and fans agreeing to disagreeing comes with the territory. Listeners have been noticing Tobin Sprout's contributions as well; here they include his Robyn Hitchcock–like "Islands (She Talks in Rainbows)" and acoustic Nikki Sudden–esque "The Sudden Death of Epstein's Ways." These are sweet, measured counterpoints to Pollard's brazen, slap-in-the-face pop songs, which can either nail it down ("Crybaby 4-Star Hotel") or linger in lo-fi purgatory ("A Burning Glass"). Pollard and Sprout put together the lovely "Noble Insect" and the enjoyably psychedelic "Birds." There's still plenty of gold in these hills. Just sift carefully.

Customer Reviews

Once again, GBV show the kids how it's done

Once of the best things to happen to music the past 2 years was Robert pollard getting back together with the original members of GBV, and mainly Tobin Sprout.
Since then, there have been numerous singles, EP's and 4 Albums released, and each one has been great to exceptional. English Little League just might be the best one in the bunch though The Bears for Lunch is stiff competition. If you're a GBV fan, this album just gives you more reasons to love them. If you're not a GBV fan, buy Bee Thousand, and then get this. You'll me amazed at the level of talent that these guys have maintained over almost 20 years. Just amazing.


Is this a classic example of beating a dead horse?

Everlasting Gobstoppers Of Rock

The flavor never ends with GBV, English Little League keeps the rockathon marathon running full speed ahead


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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