A couple of months have passed since the relentlessly prolific Robert Pollard unleashed his post-Guided By Voices project, Ricked Wicky on us, therefore he’s overdue a solo release. On Faulty Superheroes, Pollard delivers twelve power-pop-ish nuggets with his typically imperfect, effortless swagger.
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- Faulty Superheroes by Robert Pollard
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 25 June 2015
At least the record company have a sense of humour about it. "First album in over three months!" screams the sticker on the front of the latest effort from Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard. He has to be commended for even trying to make as many records as he does regardless of quality but it’s often not hard to imagine a world where Pollard picked out all his best tunes and released fewer records….but better ones. In my mind if the last 5 Guided By Voices records had been squished into three then we’d be talking about three utter classics.
If Pollard seemed to be re-using riffs in the latter days of GBV then he’s full of ideas here. This is one of the Robert Pollard-without-weird-bits albums, it’s all brash, lively power pop and Cheap Trick riffs. The first few tracks pass off without incident, perfectly enjoyable but without the killer hooks that make the best of Pollard’s work so special. ‘Faulty Superheroes’ has a singalong ending that reminds me of Half Man Half Biscuit whilst ‘Faster the Great’ is the first track which is really snagging my ear, Pollard is using a shit load of chords here but I’m liking the dark Wire(y) rock of ‘The Real Wilderness’.
This is a really consistent and tuneful Robert Pollard album. I’m not sure how much more of Pollard’s music I really need in my life but it’s the first of his solo records in a while that I’ve even considered buying.
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