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Music Reviews

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Sub Pop
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Fat Possum
Guided By Voices
Earthquake Glue
Matador Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Robert Pollard, front man and songwriter of Guided By Voices, seems obsessed with releasing everything he's put to tape. 14 official Guided By Voices albums have been released over the group's 20 year lifespan, and that's not counting the innumerable amount of non Guided By Voices releases Pollard has been involved with. To boot, a third box set of Guided By Voices material will be coming out in the fall. With such a large output, there have been plenty of masterpieces as well as the unavoidable stuff that should have been left in the basement. Earthquake Glue, their second record put out through a new deal with Matador, proves that their occasional must-have records (such as this one) justify the glut of so-so material.

Guided by Voices are certainly not the kind of band that 'defies labeling'. More than half of the 15 tracks from Earthquake Glue sound like an indie rock version of The Who in each of that band's respective phases. Roger Daltrey style vocals, Keith Moon-esque drum work, and three chord Pete Townshend guitar riffs are all thrown into the mix at some point (the best examples being "She Goes Off at Night" and the epic "Secret Star"). Not that Who-isms are a bad thing. Quite the contrary - hearing all of the musical ideas of the elders used in combination with Guided By Voices' own noisy and loose style makes for some really great songs.

For a band that seems like it should have run out of any original ideas years ago, Earthquake Glue is amazingly creative and consistent. Besides the willfully strange "My Son, My Secretary And My Country" every song has a melody or guitar riff that captures one's attention and holds it without numbing the senses. Even towards the end of the disc, it sounds just as fresh as it did during the first few seconds. Like any pop album worth listening to, there's enough noise and layering to keep the sound from becoming tired.

While diehard fans who own everything Pollard has ever offered them may not find Earthquake Glue to be anything revolutionary, it is undeniably a great record. It's somewhat of a rarity these days to find artists that can manage to put out three albums in as many years without tiring out or losing their creativity in the process, and the fact that Pollard and Guided by Voices have added another record to their long discography that is as essential as any other makes me wish that the bands they grew up listening to could do the same.

Reviewed by Tom Nash
A former LAS staff member based in Vienna - that\'s Virginia, not Austria - Tom graduated from high school and we are all just so, so proud of him.

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