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What are making of it?
I think their legacy is pretty intact, crap latter albums or no.
Out of their last few albums I quite like Universal Truths and Cycles and Half Smiles of the Decomposed.
In fact I don't mind Earthquake Glue either.
so yeah, there's that
But I have said it a million times here - I simply don't get the late-era GBV haters. Half Smiles Of The Decomposed is an excellent album, as are Universal Truths And Cycles and Isolation Drills. Earthquake Glue is a bit dull, and Do The Collapse went a bit wrong for a number of reasons, but by a lot of bands standards they are still both good records.
This one, I guess I'm a bit worried. But I'm sure it has some very good songs on it. Will listen tomorrow.
Been closed and locked up
FOR FAAAAAAR TOOOOOO LOOOOONG!
the last thing the world needs is another GBV album, whether it's great or not so great it's absolutely depressing that Pollard has no ability to self edit and refine - he sneezes! and releases it as a hand-numbered cd-r! Why not sit down for another five minutes and, I dunno, work out a bridge for some of these songs or something...
Also, having seen the die hard fans that reside around these parts, I know they would have rather seen the band come over and tour than this.
I think there is a fair amount of editing/refining going on, it's just edited differently/faster... yes, some of it sounds a bit underdone/rough/uneven/weird and more like a sketch but that's how Bob/GBV work, & I think the new album is quite odd and charming, you can hear the old chemistry from the older albums. need to listen a few more times but so far nothing depressing about it at all ;)
"he sneezes! and releases it as a hand-numbered cd-r!"
I don't actually know what you're talking about here, does this exist?
There's something charming (and, at times, frustrating) the way Bob pulls out a catchy hook from thin air, doesn't have the inclination to flesh out the idea beyond putting it to tape, because he's got another one all ready to go.
I fully sympathise with this (and I'm a huge Bob/GBV fan) and I have to admit I was initially dubious about the new album too, but I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. It's not incredible, mind, but it's better than the majority of the aesthetically identical and uncreative crap he's been releasing for years. It sounds strange and messy in places, but it's so much more interesting than stuff like Let It Beard. Eugh.
is maybe a bit too long and sprawling but I'd say it's one of the stronger and more fully realized albums with Bob on it of recent years, with a fairly wide range of moods and styles, seems to have gone under the radar a bit due to the GBV reformation this year. But, you know, give it another chance when you're in a better mood, or just don't buy it and stick to the old albums, if that's what you're into.
people would be castrating it for the lazy work that it is, but because it's GBV people will say it's mostly okay, I won't... it's pretty crap though it has got a bit of car crash value to it
rather than telling other people who might like it they only like it because of who the band are or because Pitchfork told them to etc
Though I don't like to judge stuff on one listen, especially a band like GBV, whose songs tend to get under your skin over time.
It is a bit of a mess, but that is part of what GBV are about. Even their very best albums are a bit uneven, which is part of their charm.
Even on first blush there are strong songs here, as well as a few that are disposable.
only 9 songs I really like on the whole thing, and most of the others aren't just not-as-good but are actually pretty bad. Tobin's songs are what make it really, love all 6 of them in different ways - the end to Spiderfighter is one of the most beautiful moments on any GBV album and Wave couldn't sound more Bee Thousand if it tried (this is a good thing). Really wish they'd done something more with The Things That Never Need too, could see it developing into something really cool but instead it just ends up as an interlude.
I'll be interested to see what the next album's like though, to see if they could have had one classic album if they'd just combined the two sets of songs together.
i've just been singing along to My Europa for the last 10 minutes, so the good stuff is up their with their best
I've always loved his solo albums. He's the under-rated genius of the duo IMV.
Spiderfighter, God Loves Us, Who Invented The Sun, Wave, Old Bones and he co-wrote a 6th I think. Pollard did a track-by-track rundown of the album for some magazine which should say who wrote all the songs, can't remember where it was from now though
Seems like Toby wrote all the ones I said above apart from God Loves Us which he just did the vocals for, and then he also did The Things That Never Need.
Also, totally agree with you about Tobin being under-rated. His songs are so consistently good across all the albums he's been on, and his second album Moonflower Plastic is my favourite GBV side-project. His best song for me is Gleemer, which is easily one of my favourite GBV songs as well
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