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- BLAZE45188 / First 7" single from a brand new "classic line-up" GBV album. First new material in 15 years!!!
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What????????????? This is the new Guided By Voices single?? I heard it on Pitchfork or somewhere and presumed it was some kind of out-take. Now, I'm as much of a GBV fan as the next flannel shirted middle aged guy who has never really got over Husker Du splitting up but really if you are gonna come back then do it with style and not in the manner of slopping out a song that sounds like it was written by a four year old. With a host of utterly brilliant records under their belt and (especially in the period 85-95), an uncanny grasp of the most peculiar type of melodies where 60's tunefulness met post punk edge and a huge dash of prog power thrown in, there is very little left for them to do. Lead track 'Doughnut For a Snowman' is a horribly twee ditty that seems to end with nothing of any substance actually happening. The B sides are like the kind of endearing throwaways GBV slung out on 7” EP's like 'Clown Prince of the Menthol Trailer' and 'Get out of My Stations' , lo-fi in the extreme, a lot edgier and skewed than the stuff that turns up on their albums but nothing you can't live without. There a nice coda in that Tobin Sprout gets a song at the end, a much underrated force in the GBV story, the track pretty much just consists of him counting but he has such a distinctive sound and intuitive ability that its just great to hear his voice again in a GBV context. Let's hope that of the 21 tracks on the new album there are plenty better than this.
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