Friday, October 30, 2020

Guided By Voices: Motivational Jumpsuit (2014)

TOTAL SCORE: 57, AVG: 2.85

With The Littlest League Possible, I don't think this song could have been anything else but the opening track, though from a title perspective it missed the boat on the thematic tie-in to the previous album English Little League. Of course, where English Little League was a bit dark and constrained, Motivational Jumpsuit is more geared towards lighthearted fun and fantastic rock n' roll. Bookended by The Littlest League Possible and the classic rock energetic feast that is Alex and the Omegas, Motivational Jumpsuit and English Little League couldn't really be any more different...

    Thursday, October 29, 2020

    RE:SCORE - Guided By Voices: Under the Bushes Under the Stars - Bonus Tracks (1996)


    TOTAL SCORE: 18, AVG: 3.40

    You can read my original post here, which covers which songs were on which version of Under the Bushes Under the Stars, and which ones found themselves on the split with Superchunk. Not much left to say other than here is some more goodness from 1996...

      RE:SCORE: Guided By Voices: The Official Ironmen Rally Song (1996)

      TOTAL SCORE: 17, AVG: 4.25

      Unlike previous singles, the version of The Official Ironmen Rally Song here is the same as the one on Under the Bushes Under the Stars. Both Deaf Ears and Why Did You Land? have alternate versions on the Suitcase boxsets, though I find the best versions are the ones presented here. June Salutes You! is also a decent track that hints at even far greater potential...

        Wednesday, October 28, 2020

        RE:SCORE - Guided By Voices: Plantations of Pale Pink (1996)

        TOTAL SCORE: 17, AVG: 2.83

        I noted back in 2006 that I was fond of Plantations of Pale Pink (PoPP), and as a stand-alone quick and funky EP it stood up really well, however, as stand-alone songs it can be seen as a weaker EP. Over time Systems Crash has really grown on me, and I specifically remember it being close to not making my original playlist and yet I have a hard time understanding why it wasn't an obvious choice to be included...

          Tuesday, October 27, 2020

          RE:SCORE - Guided By Voices: Sunfish Holy Breakfast (1996)

          TOTAL SCORE: 36, AVG: 3.60

          Looking back at my original posting I was definitely on Team Sunfish Holy Breakfast, and I am still today. An EP with 10 songs (the size of other bands' full albums), Sunfish continues to expand on the 1996 version of a band that just has so much to offer at the time, and it is generally considered essential as far as fans go...

            Monday, October 26, 2020

            RE:SCORE: Robert Pollard: Not in My Airforce (1996)

            LP SCORE: 57, AVG: 3.56

            EP SCORE: 8, AVG: 1.33

            TOTAL SCORE: 65, AVG: 2.95 

            Between my original review and now, this is one of the records that has grown on me and jumped up the ranks. I imagine re-reading my review I didn't spend that much time with Not in My Airforce before writing that up. For one, I wrote that Psychic Pilot Clocks Out just barely made the playlist, and today it is one of my favorite Pollard songs ever. That being said, the album has six underwhelming bonus tracks from a planned EP tacked on that don't really mix with the album...

              Friday, October 23, 2020

              Guided By Voices: English Little League (2013)

              TOTAL SCORE: 50, AVG: 2.94

              After the scattered The Bears for Lunch, English Little League sees the classic era lineup produce their most ambitious album of their return yet. English Little League manages to sound cohesive and thematic, while also managing to bring out a lot of unique tunes. Apparently this is around the time Robert Pollard installed a recording studio in his home, and English Little League is, from a fidelity perspective, the best this version of GBV has ever sounded....

                Thursday, October 22, 2020

                RE:SCORE - Guided By Voices: Tonics and Twisted Chasers (1996)

                TOTAL SCORE: 68, AVG: 2.83

                I'm still not entirely sure what this album is. Released as a fan club release, it shares the overall tone with another 1996 release Under the Bushes Under the Stars, but it comes across sounding like a collection of demos from that era. Or possibly, Tonics and Twisted Chasers can be seen as a Pollard and Sprout collaboration and it is the true first Airport 5 album...

                  Wednesday, October 21, 2020

                  RE:SCORE - Guided By Voices: Box (1995)

                  TOTAL SCORE: 163, AVG: 2.26

                  Updating the entry for Box can now happen since I've updated the scoring for all its contents: Devil Between My Toes, Sandbox, Self-Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia, Same Place the Fly Got Smashed, and the compilation album King Shit and the Golden Boys....

                    RE:SCORE - Guided By Voices: King Shit and the Golden Boys (1995)

                    TOTAL SCORE: 37, AVG: 1.95

                    This compilation of tracks yet unreleased between 1988 and 1993 was included in the Box box set, and it included a good part of what was supposed to be the Back to Saturn X album. My enthusiasm for the very earliest GBV has diminished in the past 15 years since originally reviewing this, and can also be seen in my re:scores for other early era albums....

                      Tuesday, October 20, 2020

                      RE:SCORE - Guided By Voices: Tigerbomb (1995)

                      TOTAL SCORE: 23, AVG: 3.83

                      When I original reviewed this EP most of the comments were about how Mice Feel Nice (In My Room) is nothing short of a masterpiece. I still think it is just cool how different songs resonate with fans, and to me, who does not get the love for that song, it still makes me happy to know others enjoy it so much. I was also surprised that I didn't include Kiss Only the Important Ones since I think it is pretty good nowadays...

                        RE:SCORE - Guided By Voices: Motor Away (Single) (1995)

                        TOTAL SCORE: 10, AVG: 5.00

                        There's only two tracks on this single; the more polished version of Motor Away and the excellent b-side Color of My Blade. Unlike Game of Pricks, My Valuable Hunting Knife, and I Am a Scientist, Motor Away doesn't quite get the same level of elevation as those reproductions did for their associated singles. You can check out my original review here...

                          Monday, October 19, 2020

                          RE:SCORE - Guided By Voices: Alien Lanes (1995)

                          TOTAL SCORE: 98, AVG: 3.50

                          It is crazy to think that when I originally reviewed Alien Lanes the album was only about 10 years old. Now, it is almost 25 years old! I called My Valuable Hunting Knife my favorite GBV song of all-time, didn't really dig My Son Cool, and mentioned that Vampire on Titus has a claim to being GBV's best album. I can say that none of those statements are true anymore (to me anyway), but I completely agree with my original assessment that Alien Lanes is an amazing album and extremely essential when discussing Guided By Voices...