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Guided By Voices

Earth Man Blues

GBV Inc
LP $17.50

04/30/2021 733102719319 

GBVi 103 LP 


CD $13.00

04/30/2021 733102719326 

GBVi 103 CD 


FLAC $11.99

04/30/2021 733102719326 

GBVi 103 


MP3 $9.90

04/30/2021 733102719326 

GBVi 103 


Is it really a musical?! The 33rd Guided By Voices album, Earth Man Blues, is a magical cinematic rock album, full of dramatic and surreal twists and turns. Lyrics and liner notes trace the growth of young Harold Admore Harold through a coming of age and a reckoning with darkness. Vivid scenes appear: snapshots of youth, fantastical nightmares, unknown worlds.  The music hasn’t softened a bit. One will hear the impossibly perfect melodies and word play that you expect from Robert Pollard, with the band playing at peak-heavy. “Trust Them Now” rocks like an instant classic, “The Batman Sees The Ball” is lean, mean rock muscle. Opener “Made Man” tears and slashes at the ears and heart. Sweeping, colossal tracks like “Lights Out (In Memphis, Egypt)” and “Dirty Kid School” stretch far beyond the ordinary vocabulary of rock.   Doug Gillard’s brilliant guitar playing explodes out of the speakers. The rhythm section of Kevin March and Mark Shue, always strong and reliable, has grown into a breathing composite organism. Along with Bobby Bare, Jr on rhythm guitar, they drive the songs and make one’s head shake. Producer Travis Harrison ties the talents of the band together, once again recorded remotely and individually, pandemic-style. This group brings to life the sounds in Pollard’s technicolor imagination.

Tracklist

  1. #1 Made Man


  2. #2 The Disconnected Citizen


  3. #3 The Batman Sees The Ball


  4. #4 Dirty Kid School


  5. #5 Trust Them Now


  6. #6 Lights Out In Memphis (Egypt)


  7. #7 Free Agents


  8. #8 Sunshine Girl Hello


  9. #9 Wave Starter


  10. #10 Any Repellent


  11. #11 Margaret Middle School


  12. #12 I Bet Hippy


  13. #13 Test Pilot


  14. #14 How Can A Plumb Be Perfected?


  15. #15 Child's Play


Single MP3s for this release are $0.99.

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