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

    -- 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). 


    Anonymous said...

    Glad you're back at it.

    The Rock Robot said...