Guided By Voices’ album takes trip back to ’90s
My introduction to Guided By Voices was the 1994 lo-fi release, Bee Thousand, and the following year’s Alien Lanes. Both were great albums and I always felt that Robert Pollard’s later offerings with different lineups didn’t quite live up to the those mid-90s efforts.
So I was thrilled to hear that years after retiring the band, he was putting the “classic” GBV lineup back together for a tour and–not one, but–two albums this year. The first of those albums, Let’s Go Eat the Factory, is now out. And while it’s no Bee Thousand or Alien Lanes, the new one definitely is a worthy follow to those great releases (especially the ultra quirky Bee Thousand). Almost all of the songs on Factory clock in under 3 minutes and more than half are shorter than 2 minutes.
Factory includes plenty of highlights (Laundry and Lasers, The Unsinkable Fats Domino) and some expected low points. But, overall, it’s a blast, especially for those of us who prefer the taste of classic GBV.