Friday, October 02, 2020

RE:SCORE - Guided By Voices: Devil Between My Toes (1987)

TOTAL SCORE: 24, AVG: 1.71

Looking back at my original entry for Devil Between My Toes (DBMT) 15 years ago, I can tell that my tastes have definitely changed, and I am not as into the pre-Propeller GBV sound as I may have been back then. Captain's Dead, the most latter GBV-sounding tune on the album is easily my favorite now, followed by the next most latter GBV-sounding song, The Tumblers. You can check out how the new scoring works here, but honestly I could cut DBMT a break by not counting the five instrumental tracks, but I decided to leave them in since the final score felt right to me (if you caught this review as soon as I posted it, at first I did take the instrumental tracks out of the scoring)...

    In my original review I called A Portrait Destroyed by Fire the best song on the album, and now I'm demoting it to an "ok" rank, being beaten out by at least five other songs. I suppose 15 years can do a lot to change tastes, but listening to this album today I just wasn't really into it. That being said, only six songs made the playlist the first time through, so it wasn't like I considered DBMT as an essential album to start with. Here is the updated ranking:

    Among Bob's Best
    -- none

    Gems
    -- none

    Almost Gems
    12 The Tumblers
    14 Captain's Dead

    They're Good
    01 Old Battery

    They're OK
    02 Discussing Wallace Chambers
    03 Cyclops
    04 Crux
    05 A Portrait Destroyed by Fire
    09 Hank's Little Fingers
    11 Hey Hey, Spaceman

    Could Live Without
    07 Dog's Out

    Toss-Offs & Throwaways
    06 3 Year Old Man
    08 A Proud and Booming Industry
    10 Artboat
    13 Bread Alone

    Given the scoring above, the album would get 22 points total (and an average of 1.71). 

    2 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    Glad you're back at it.

    The Rock Robot said...

    Thanks!