Hey Man, He's Guided By Voices Again!
Pollard Is Off
By Evan Chase
Pollard Is Off to Business
Robert Pollard, Todd Tobias
The Original Heart
1 Years Old
Gratification to Concrete
No One but I
Weatherman and Skin Goddess (also a forthcoming EP)
Confessions of a Teenage Jerk-Off
To the Path!
Wealth and Hell-Being
the now-legendary, myth-making years in the basement with a guy named
(while still teaching middle school Social Studies, no less) and Spin's review naming same
"Record of The Year," some say it's all been downhill for Pollard and his raving gangs of rockers.
And how much ink has been spilled over the past decade-plus regarding Guided By Voices
and lead singer Robert Pollard's penchant for what he calls the three p's: pop, progressive,
psychedelia --and of course when talking about Dear Old Big Daddy King Shit Himself, the sweet booze?
Can we just say, a lot?
Nonetheless, every now and then, Robert Pollard rewards his fans and new listeners
by giving them exactly what they want: a solid Rock album (in the old-time sense---think
"Who's Next" and Pete Townsend's often-brilliant early solo work) chock full of pop ditties meant to be
cranked in the summertime while driving, windows down, through your shitty, wonderful suburban town.
"Robert Pollard Is Off To Business" is that record this time around.
This is the sound of Pollard and producer/bandmate Todd Tobias having a whole hell of a lot of
fun in the studio. Maybe it's the launch of their own label, GBV Inc., that's reinvigorated the duo---
whatever the reason, there's good reason to celebrate.Yes the formula's pretty well set in stone
by now, but so what? It's a formula because it works.
Haters will say Pollard keeps making the same record over-and-over, and there's some
truth in that, but not enough to matter.
To Business" feels closest to late-era GBV jewels like “Isolation
Drills” as it's wholly comprised
which is as good as almost anything on "Alien Lanes," and the same can be said for
shit-hot lead single "Gratification to Concrete."
Sure there are one or two clunkers like "Confessions of A Teenage Jerk-Off,"
but that's a small qualm in an otherwise sunny ride and view. Robert Pollard knows what he's doing, and
"Robert Pollard Is Off To Business" is a clear declaration of intent he'll stay on his A-Game
throughout the decade, and likely beyond into the gleaming rock n' roll sunset and one day earn his
rightful place in the Great Indie Rock Hall of Fame.