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Alien Lanes

Guided By Voices

1995

Alien Lanes

Album Summary

Alien Lanes is the eighth full-length album by American lo-fi band Guided by Voices, released on April 4, 1995.The album was GBV's first release with Matador Records. According to James Greer's book Guided by Voices: A Brief History: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll the advance for the record was close to a hundred thousand dollars, one of the more expensive deals in Matador's history. In contrast to the lucrative deal, Greer mentions that "The cost for recording Alien Lanes, if you leave out the beer, was about ten dollars."

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Rating

2.78

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4600

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

3.8 - Sounds like flipping through AM radio in a dream. A really enjoyable listen that I’ll probably need to return to fully appreciate.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

God I love this record. Little snippets of pop rock, lo-fi goodness. Robert Pollard and company create little worlds for you to live in sonically and then are immediately transported from one song to the next at a blistering pace. There are some moments on this record that remind me of The Beach Boys, the Beatles and Big Star but only if they had a 4 track recorder set up in their high school bedroom. It’s a phenomenal listen and only rivaled by Bee Thousand in their discography. Favorite song(s): Game of Pricks and Motor Away (I had to include two) Least favorite song: Hit

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Wed Sep 16 2020
2

I don't really know how I feel about this album. In some ways I really like it, but my overall impression is just...meh. Things I like about it: Very British Invasion meets early punk vibes. Honestly there are a lot of songs on this album that caught my attention (with 28 songs I expected at least a few would grab me). They're Not Witches, Game of Pricks, The Ugly Vision, Closer You Are, Striped White Jets, and Alright are ones that really stood out in my mind. The cover art is super cool. Things I don't like: I cannot stand the mix. I get what they were going for with the dirty, fuzzy sound but I fucking HATE it. The guitar tones on this album are fantastic but I feel like that gets so muddy and hidden in the mix. This would easily be a 3 or 4 star album for me if it were a little "cleaner" sounding. The length of the songs is a little off putting at times. It felt liek as soon as I started to really vibe with a song, it ended. I don't think every song needs to be 4+ minutes long, but I found myself wishing that many of the songs were at least slightly longer. 2 out of 5 stars. I found it hard to look past the mix quality which really made it difficult for me to enjoy a lot of the album. I read the entry for this album in the book and frankly I don't really understand why it belongs on the list? It's not bad but doesn't strike me as particularly outstanding either.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Hell yeah! What, last song already?!

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

This is very swag album the length of some songs bothers me but most of the time it doesn’t matter that they’re short because it means there’s a lot of changes in the album and it keeps it very interesting. There is definitely some filler on here but I mean I did expect that from a 28 song album. I enjoyed this and will probably return to this. 7,3/10

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

It's surprising what a difference it makes when a musician knows someone will actually be hearing his work. After 1994's charmingly sloppy Bee Thousand gained Guided By Voices a nationwide cult following (instead of the local cult following they were accustomed to), 1995's Alien Lanes found Robert Pollard and his partners in hard pop cleaning up their act a bit. For the most part, Alien Lanes isn't radically different from Bee Thousand -- it was primarily recorded on a four-track cassette machine (and sounds like it), and Guided By Voices was still a garage band with more in the way of inspiration than chops. But the musicians have put a bit more care and focus into their performance on this set; the playing is tighter and sharper, and the band plays toward their strengths, pushing their occasional sloppiness into a harder, more rock-oriented direction.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

Sounds like a weird demo tape. 17 second songs, many of them sounding unfinished.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

A songwriting expo if there ever was one. I love this lofi 90s rock sound and this album gives me a lot of it. Works better as a whole album listen versus just hearing individual tracks, given the short length of the songs. "Motor Away" fills me with an odd bliss every time I hear it.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

noiccceeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

Enjoyed this and completely new to me

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

28 songs in 41 minutes. Most of them very catchy and with high energy. Was surprised at how much i liked this one.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

me gustó mucho, breve, punk

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Very weird

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Disarm the settlers The new drunk drivers Have hoisted the flag We are with you in your anger - A salty salute

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

** Lo-fi se pojavio tijekom pojave američke underground scene 1980-ih kao sirovi, bučni stil Indie Rocka. Njegovo ime potječe od upotrebe opreme za proizvodnju i snimanje low-fidelitya, što mu daje nečist i izrazito trošan zvuk. ** "The Club is Open." ovaj album, općenito lo-fi/slacker rock kako su počeli nazivat ovaj žanr mi je prirasto srcu, zavolio sam ga pravo te mi je "lofilia" plejlista za ovakve stvari poput ovog albuma i "Bee Thousand". Mnogo klasika još mogu izvući iz rukava ovoga kalibra low-fidelity-a, ali nadam se da će biti na 1001...Album koji možeš slušati na vrućini, onako, sirovo, nedovršeno, prljavo?, bučno, odvojeno od svega. Nije za svakoga, to znam, ali eto drago mi je da je meni nešto ni blizu savršenog - jako blizu savršenoga. Jednostavno, ali djeluje. Ovako, album ima stvarno dosta pjesama, slažem se, kratke su, u tom je čar, baš zato i treba imat puno dobrih pjesama, a u ovom slučaju nabrajam klasike (IMO) lo-fi glazbe -> Game of Pricks, My Valuable Hunting Knife, A Salty Salute, As We Go Up, We Go Down, Watch Me Jumpstart, Blimps Go 90 (ovo je <3) i Always Crush Me. Album nije čista desetka, više je 9/10, nekad jednostavno još nešto malo fali ili ima nečeg viška, ali ako se pusti u jednom cugu sve, ima tu svoju toplinu koju volim. Još nešta da kažem, uskoro dolazi vrijeme za moju "lofiliju" i radujem se tome. :)

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Pretty great stuff. Reminds me of a lot of demo tracks from other bands. I hear some early Weezer in here. I hear some early Mountain Goats. Short, sweet tracks and a short, sweet album. I like it!

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Best lo-fi album?

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

VG

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

Bangers

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

Ik kan gaan proberen uit te leggen waarom dit zo briljant is, maar voor de mensen die dit voor het eerst horen zou dat een totaal onbegrijpelijk verhaal zijn. Dus laat die eenen en tweeen maar komen, ik knal er alvast 5 tegenaan! En Jurrien: kom d'r maar in!

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

Als ik dit hoor en mijn ogen sluit ben ik met Arie weer bij GBV in de Melkweg ergens halverwege de jaren 90. Dit album is echt de soundtrack van mijn jeugd, terwijl ik 'm hoogstwaarschijnlijk niet te pruimen zou vinden als ik 'm nu voor het eerst op zou zetten ;)

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

Definitely going to have to revisit!

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

no muy bueno

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Impressive, good concept of many short straight to the point songs

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Songs are too short, but cool album

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

Really enjoyed this. Would have liked to hear full songs!

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

Listened to a little

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

Eigentlich wirklich gut. Die idee scheint aber zu sein dass man viele Lieder hat, von denen ein paar verzichtbar und ein paar lieber länger wären

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Great. Full of introspection.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Lofi mid 90s indie. Think I'd been all over this if I'd heard it back in the day

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

This was fun.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

The album is a series of very short songs, the tunes all are similar early 90s rock, sounds like Brit-rock or even hints of Sloan in a way. The songs all being very short seem to have a chorus or hook they're written around, and then move onto the next one, similar to the Minutemen. Good tunes, album keeps things moving and it was all fairly consistent/enjoyable. The downside is no song really stands out, they're over so quick. It all just blends into a generic 90s rock session as a result.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

The length of the songs was off putting. It felt like as soon as I started to really enjoy a song, it ended. I just wish a lot of the songs were longer. Anyway there are a lot of songs on this album that caught my attention. Solid album 4/5

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Didn't know this guy before, but the sound is very familiar. Grew up with a lot of bands in this wheel house, some of my favourites, so I can see this album deserves the recognition.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

This was really enjoyable. Definitely one to listen to as a whole though

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Very good album. Some insanely great melodies on here. 7-8/10

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Really good garage rock album. A lot of short, fun tracks.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

A bloated album of punchy songs, and I love the edge here, even if it misses (looking at you Hit)

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

pretty good album - 8/10 it’s nice the songs don’t last very long because some of them are a little annoying favorite song is probably The Ugly Vision, it had a nice lofi/grungey vibe, like Neutral Milk Hotel meets Nirvana, I liked it

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

A kad si ujutro misliš “neda mi se slušat dns nek bude nešt šta znam i onda ti generira album koji znaš i onak “DA TO ĆU SLUŠAT” znaš da je dobar

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Bajo moj pjesme su prekratke. Uživiš se u neku i puf, nema više. Cover je odbojan i jako me naljutio. Ali unatoč svemu ljubav pobjeđuje i ja ću se vraćati na ovaj album!

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Love the Lo-Fi aesthetic

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

The band after my heart and attention span

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

What a cool album, I really liked it and I enjoyed it almost all the way through

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

Muito bom.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

This is decent background music. Nothing spectacular and nothing terrible. Nice and steady.

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Fri May 06 2022
4

Lo-fi yet full

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

I think the best thing about this album is how generous it is. Tons of material, little running more than a minute thirty. If you don't like one, it's gone and the next one is there. And there is much more to like than dislike.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

actually quite good the snoring bothered me

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

Huh, I was a bit nonplussed by this at first but had a vague sense it'd grow on me if I gave it a chance. Sure enough, third listen, properly starting to appreciate it. Feels a bit like the album equivalent of a Rick & Morty inter-dimensional cable episode... Even the snoring track makes sense in that context! Fave track - "As We Go Up, We Go Down". Poppy niceness.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Cleaners From Venus meets the Replacements. What’s not to like?

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

quite good

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Dope 4

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

7/10. A couple pretty good songs, lot more pretty mediocre ones, but even a mediocre song can be interesting for a minute.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

lots of short songs.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

listened to again lo fi grunge

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Youll completely forget youre listening to music 4?

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

The fact that it’s got so many tracks makes it feel much longer than it is but the album is very enjoyable 4/5.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Such lovely, lively lo-fi. GBV keeps excellent company, too; that the streamers go from last cut of the record to an excellent cut from Yo La Tengo (a most egregious exclusion from this esteemed index) tells you what you need to know. Their brand new record (fall 2022) suggests how close RP has stayed to the vision, though perhaps not always to the optimal effect.

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Wed Oct 21 2020
3

Had some weird Syd Barrett vibes to some of the tracks!

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Bit of a Doors sound with some punk mixed in and psychedelic undertones

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

meh

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

interesting

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

old school rock punk type vibes 3.5/5

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Fav Song: Game of Pricks

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Sun Feb 07 2021
3

A bit strange in that most of the songs are like 1-2 minutes long. Sound is a little like REM or Whitney, depending on the song. Some songs are musically interesting, but mostly not what I want to listen to casually .

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

My spotify kept messing this up so I missed a few tracks (just refused to play) - but still good

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

n gostei do vocal

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

Bem ok, nada de mais.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

No conocía a la banda. De primera vista, lista interminable de canciones cortísimas estaba seguro iba a ser punk hardcore o algo similar. Sorpresivamente empezó a sonar rock alternativo... y con una grabación que parecía un bootleg. Se siente improvisado en todos aspectos, parece que esta uno escuchando un ensayo o una sesión de lluvia de ideas de una banda y ese justamente es gran parte siento del encanto que tiene el disco... afortunadamente pasa más allá de ser solo una curiosidad. Detrás del sonido de baja calidad y las canciones de 30 segundos empiezan a salir melodías y más melodías... de hecho melodías muy buenas en algunas ocasiones. En la segunda vuelta todo fue mejorando, se empiezan a apreciar más la forma de las canciones e incluso con solo haberlas escuchado una vez y durando tan poco empieza uno a tararear esas melodías; creo que esto habla muy bien del grupo. Leyendo la historia es muy interesante, al parecer eran una banda local muy prometedora, medio protegidos de Sonic Youth y la disquera les dio presupuesto de sobra pero decidieron grabar solamente con lo que tenían ya en casa y, supuestamente, todo el disco les costó "10 USD." Todo el disco se siente muy honesto y es agradable, a ratos se siente desaprovechado el pensar que pudieran haber sido mucho más grandes pero por lo que leo siempre se sintieron satisfechos siguiendo como una verdadera banda pequeña y hasta la fecha sigue activa la banda (se me ocurrió ver una presentación en vivo y ya después hicieron canciones en forma bien hechas). Disco muy interesante, muy melódico, muy agradable, es bastante más que solo la curiosidad de la banda que graba en verdadero lo-fi, pero tampoco creo que vaya a dejar atónito a nadie.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

On dirait les Beatles qui ont baisé avec les beachboys! Musique tres entraînantes mais ça sonne comme un album très bien réussi pour un garage band et non un chef d’œuvre musical! Je l’évite: Chicken blows, pourquoi chanter avec les doigts dans gueules! Ex-supermodel, les ronflements , Criss de connerie qui diminue la crédibilité et mon appréciation Je lévite l’album est bon dans l’ensemble pas trouver de hits

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

Wipers finde ich besser. TLC auch.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

28 Songs? Ja, da wollte man unbedingt jede Skizze in die Bewerbungsmappe knallen, hat man doch so einige sympathisch schräge Kritzeleien zu bieten. Das ist manchmal so herrlich leidenschaftlich wie schrecklich dilettantisch sodass ich schwanke zwischen „OMG!!!“ und „herrje“ Mit zittriger Hand 2.5

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

I didn't have time to give this more than a hurried listen. So assuming I'd like it more the second time around, I'll give it that mark. Short songs.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
3

Could do with lengthening songs and fewer of them

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Interesting

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

not to bad.. good listen

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

Quite a disjointed album and quite a challenging listening experience as a result. Having said that I liked the music and the lofi vibe even if it ultimately reminded me of other bands I'd rather listen to. 6.5/10

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

I listened to it twice and it started growing on me. Some decent power pop a la REM or Big Star, but I would have like fewer but more developed songs. Some were pretty good, some could have been left off the album.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

Interesting, diverse collection of indie, lo-fi songs. Would be rated higher but there's quite a lot of random crappier songs mixed in with the gems.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Sounds like a jam session where an indie band run through snippets of their repertoire but it's actually their full album. Some of the lo-fi indie tracks are appealing (learnt that term from pete's review yesterday) and I enjoyed the album on the whole. I think the format of the album is interesting and is saying something about mass consumerism and the ever depreciating attention span. If they thought that was bad in 1995 then they should get a load of... Sorry, what was I talking about?

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

28 songs?..... Too many songs and the songs are too short Favorites: Salty Salute (a bop) Watch Me Jumpstart As We Go Up, We Go Down The Ugly Vision Motor Away

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

Als Indie noch Indie war... Schöner reduzierter Indie Rock, mit leider manchmal etwas sehr kurzen Stücken.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Decent '90s indie rock.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

maybe worth another listen, early days of lofi indie

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Solid example of indie/alternative/college rock from mid 90's. My issue is that the songs are too short to be memorable. I like the ideas, but I wish there 1/3 of the number of songs with each being 2 - 3 times longer.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

Few tracks have a very Beatles sound. Short and sharp tracks and considering the amount, surprisingly small amount of shit ones. Liked it a lot.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Lots of short songs. Very 90's early grunge sound. Nothing stood out as great. One or two songs I liked but average other than that.

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Thu May 27 2021
3

A lot of potentially good songs here, but the aesthetic of just fucking up the recording a bit for the sake of lofi doesn't really do it for me

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Definitely some indie-pop gems on this album. I will definitely return to it to see if there are some that slipped by on first listen. For now 3.25 but could go higher on subsequent listens

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Sat Jul 17 2021
3

I love the idea of an album full of short vignettes like this. Messy-pretty vibe. Some clever bits here and there musically, with echoes of Big Star. You have to stick with it, because it takes about half a dozen songs or so to get into it. Favorite songs: Motor Away, My Valuable Hunting Knife, Closer You Are

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

Petites píldores melòdiques moltes de les quals prometen molt, però no s'hi acaben desenvolupant. Un notable exercici de lo-fi, però lluny de l'excel.lència

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

I quite like some of this but it just seems a bit random and pulled together. Like its a really badly compiled mix tape. Theres some decent indie music here though so it still gets a 3/5

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

What I imagine Rubber Soul era Beatles to have sounded like if they had formed a lowfi garage band in the mid 90s

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

these albums with short songs/fragments instead of full blown songs is interesting but ultimately it feels like its missing its potential as every song is just a part of what it could have been.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

This sounded like a bunch of unfinished demo tapes or jam sessions. Listenable, and the lo-fi aesthetic is endearing at times, but if feels like a meal consisting solely of appetizers.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

This album should be called ‘Ideas recorded on a cassette player’ because that’s what it sounds like. Saved by some good Beatles-esq melodies!

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Fav songs: - Closer You Are

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Hi: As We Go Up We Go Down, Good Flying Bird, Little Whirl, Alright Lo: They're Not Witches, Ex-Supermodel Alien Lanes starts off weak, but builds as it goes on...Severely lo-fi, but in some cases (intentionally?) badly recorded...Random analog clicks, pops, connection noises, possible snoring(?), just unwelcome noise in general seemed to invade...I can appreciate lo-fi aesthetic, but there needs to be *some* polish, and I feel like Alien Lanes was recorded without much effort into cleaning up rough recordings. Maybe I've been spoiled by other lo-fi acts such as The Strokes, Pavement, and Sebadoh. On the plus side, there are lots of short, punchy tracks that never feel drawn out, but some are blips as short as 18 seconds. The tracks blend into each other, so there isn't much time to stop and consider what you just heard. Still, it's worthwhile of sifting through some dregs to get to the gems showcased here, there are a few that I'll take with me, but it's tough to recommend this mixed bag.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
3

Not crazy about this. Overall nothing really stands out to me

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

I am all on board with bands who cannot actually play music or compose songs but these guys take it to another, frustrating level. And yet… I still found myself in admiration of some of the tracks and think that perhaps in time this could grow on me. There’s something compelling nevertheless. A three - for now.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

Not herd before. Not too shabby

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Ruidos agradables.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

Short but not too shabby.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

Indie. Ni fu ni fa.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

It was ok. Never heard of this band before. Average 90s indie rock

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

A few good songs. For some reason I always think of GBV as more of a quantity band than a quality band

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

3.5

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

I can see myself listening to this again.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
3

Always interesting, if kind of half baked a lot of the time. That's lo-fi for you, I guess.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
3

The short tracks (like under two minutes long) don't work well. But there are definitely some good songs there, e.g., "Striped White Jets" or "Blimps Go 90". I think this could be a good alternative rock album if they chose fewer songs and made them into regular-length tracks.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
3

Thought it was going to be awful because of the names of the band and album but turned out really liking it

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

Si il font un titre de plus de 3 minutes ils meurent je pense. Bref, rien de mémorable, même si j'ai pas non plus passé un mauvais moment.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

Jangly and sometimes jarring. Feels very low budget but has some quirk good tunes.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

This was fine. I liked how all the songs were short, but it really did not give me a lot to love about this album.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

I was really enjoying this album but the songs were too short, only criticism is I wanted more!

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

A 28 song, 41 minute album?!? I know nothing about Guiding By Voices other than they play 4 hour concerts and a lot of "music people" I follow seem to love them. I can hear the stuff that is influential on the indie scene. Don't loathe it, but I certainly was kinda hoping it would be done soon.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

If the Beatles and Oasis made a band with less talent

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Mon May 16 2022
3

Some good bits. Some average bits. I do mean bits, because they aren't songs.

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Mon May 30 2022
3

A lot of great ideas, like the longer moments more though. Strong 3

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Don't like this song? Don't worry a new one will be here in about a minute and a half...seriously, 28 songs, 41 minutes long...Brevity is the soul of Guided Voices it seems.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Messy, but catchy as hell. I'm more a Do the Collapse era fan, but this was a fun look at how they got there.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

I don't think I'd ever listen to a single track of this on its own, none of them particularly stand out. But, together, it kinda works? 28 songs in 41 minutes is completely mad, but it's good fun, the fact you change tracks every 90 seconds or so means it has this manic energy to it which I like. But don't think I can give anything more than a 3 to an album where I don't really like any of the tracks individually! 

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

Simple. Elegant. Uninspired? Once or twice is enough probably.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

This was very odd, really enjoyed the idea of flicking between radio stations but just not sure this pulled it off

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

Je tiens à rajouter à ma critique précédente que ma mauvaise note a pu être impactée par une erreur d'interprétation. Je dois le confesser, en lisant le nom de My Bloody Valentine s'afficher sur le générateur, je m'attendais à retrouver le groupe de hard rock Bullet for my Valentine, qui n'a rien à voir avec l'affligeant spectacle de shoegaze offert par ces mauvais Valentines.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

Il y a des albums qui laissent indifférent. Celui-ci en est un. Toutefois je pense à mon futur moi qui tombera peut-être un jour je ne sais où sur un fan de ce groupe et m'écris donc ici une note pour calmer ses ardeurs : Guided By Voices = du mauvais Beatles enregistré trente ans trop tard.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

Really weird format with each song being so short

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Sun Jul 31 2022
3

Enjoyable alt rock album

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

Rating: 6/10

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

Interesting stuff

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Short songs that were fine

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

better than average 90's emotions and grunge

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Mon Nov 28 2022
3

68/100: This is background music at best, although maybe my perspective is skewed by the fact that I was in fact listening to this as background music while doing homework. Despite the possible bias, I objectively did not really enjoy this album. The general sound and vibe is just a tad off-putting. If music is a spectrum ranging from art to sound as the two extremes, this album is definitely much closer to the "sound" end of the spectrum. I can vaguely see what sort of album Guided By Voices were going for, but they were misguided if their record label told them they'd achieved that. This album is a lo-fi beats playlist on anti-depressants trying to do too much.

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Tue Sep 22 2020
2

Fairly generic poppy 90s lo-fi sound, lots of short tracks that feel like half-or even quarter-ideas, feels jumbled not a huge fan. Is this looked upon with higher praise because of newer focus on lo-fi esthetic?

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Mon Dec 07 2020
2

Not something i would normally listen to but it was cool. The songs were way too short

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

2.5. nice to see mitch mitchell getting work

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

Started of well but then just... No. Quantity of tracks over quality.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

2.5 | Empecé el disco con muy altas expectativas, porque la primera rola tiene muy buen inicio aunque acaba demasiado rápido. Luego vienen los cortes abruptos y los saltos casi al azar entre sonidos, la voz desafinada a propósito, etc. y me cuesta más y más trabajo. Pienso dos cosas, por un lado tienen reconocimiento por ser pioneros en temas como las grabaciones autónomas y el LoFi; pero por otro lado siento que tienen muchos pedacitos con potencial de ser buenas canciones y que nunca terminan de cuajar en la cápsula digerible que conozco y espero, y eso me frustra.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

como pioneros del LoFi pues chido pero un álbum lleno de demos? Por lo menos unas 10 rolas podrían haber llegado a ser algo muy bueno si las hubieran terminado.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

Hmmm... qué decir de este álbum... ¿wtf? O sea, literalmente es un demo tape convertido en álbum o_O Ignoremos eso un momento. Algunas canciones son interesantes, pero como no les alcanzó para contratar un productor, se quedaron en bruto, lo cuál es una lástima.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

Uninspiring. I liked how it differs from other albums by having a lot of short songs rather than the usual number of songs with the usual length. But we all lnow that quantity doesn't mean quality.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Couldn't finish the album. I would describe it as amateurish and undeveloped. It is garage band grunge rock that may have inspired others, but I feel like I have heard exactly this from freshmen in high school bands. Both not my cup of tea, and not the pinnacle of achievement.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Alot of songs on one album. Very different from song to song. But I didn't really care for much of it.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

Formato muy extraño. Durante este ejercicio he descubierto que el exceso de "cancioncitas" me desagrada entonces el punto de partida al ver el setlist de este disco no fue bueno y tampoco sorpresivo. La música no es mala pero en la mayoría se siente que lo que se va construyendo termina de manera abrupta y no llega a nada. Fui apenas la reproducción 1415 de Hit, de tan sólo 0:22 de duración. Songs: My Valuable Hunting Knife, Motor Away

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

Cool vibes, but nothing memorable.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

Like the lofi sound. Sounded nostalgic, even though I've never heard of it. Nothing remarkable about the album though.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

J'avais vraiment l'impression d'écouter un demo. Je me suis demandé si j'étais pas sur un album payant qui m'offrait juste le début des tounes. Mais non, c'est comme ça. Merci à Guided By voices de nous rappeler que la qualité est plus important que la quantité.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Many, many, short snippets of lo-fi songs sounds like an interesting idea for an album so I tried really hard to like this, but as soon as I got into a groove with anything it abruptly ended. Many with no fadeouts, just a slammed door. This was a frustrating listen for me.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

Not for me!

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

Odd album, it grabbed my attention a few times. But not enough to go back. Agree with the comments we song lengths. Relentlessly short!

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

I like the concept of a load of short tracks but found it a bit crazy in reality. 4/10

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

Hard to get into this one. Felt it was too sporadic and I couldn’t really get into the rhythm of it as an album. Some decent stuff on there, but just felt a bit too much of mishmash of sounds and ideas without ever settling on one.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

Couldn’t get into this at all

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

28 chansons, 41 minutes. Mince alors! On dirait que quand je trouve une toune bonne, elle finit après 43 secondes. Sinon, la sonorité est bonne mais trop de niaisage.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

I liked the sound of the album when it started. The first song was good but as soon as I said "I like this" the song ended?? Ditto the second song. These brothers clearly like to avoid certain formulas in music. This is usually positive for me but, as much as I hate to admit it, I guess I like some formulas in music: For example, I like the norm of not abruptly ending a good tune before the 1 minute mark. Call me crazy! I was shocked when I took a look at Spotify and, after what seemed like less than 10 minutes, we were on Song 13 (Closer You Are). I quite liked that song too but it also left the room before we had a chance to properly introduce ourselves. My loss again. It begs the question: Who wins? After listening to Queen recently, it's interesting to compare Queen's over-dub-athon to this Guided by Voices' album that sounds like a high school project in a poorly lit basement. I don't mind their choice not to go over the top with production. It would have been nice if they devoted a bit more time to work on the songs and perhaps even finish writing a few of them. The lack of production time also results in all the songs sounding the same. I know all bands "sound the same" in one way or the other, but the production function can bring out some nuances that reduce the number of times you say "Oh Lord, don't tell me I have to listen to another song with that same sound". By the end of the album I was saying this a lot. At least when I had to say this, I could be happy knowing the next song might not be over 30 seconds long. Yes there were three songs that were 30 sec or less. 

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

First few minutes ain't doing much for me. Probably only 2/5 unless it gets better. They're like "Beatles Lite" meh. sort of amazing that they're a 90's act; they barely sound it. Doesn't do much for me.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

A bunch of ideas that were never developed beyond that which is a shame as there are a few things in here that could've been somewhat decent. Best track: Motor Away

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

Some nice lo-fi indie moments but it's more of a collection of unrelated ideas.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
2

Bemerkenswertes Album, aber an meinen Hörgewohnheiten vorbei

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Wed May 26 2021
2

...a bit weird. It isn't punk, but it might not be not punk.

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Fri May 14 2021
2

Meh, it provided nothing memorable or particularly enjoyable. it serves as good background music perhaps. But for active listening I was left wanting more.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

Feels like a demo tape. Not quite for me, but it at least was interesting.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

Weird one. Not my thing

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Sun Jul 18 2021
2

I love the album prior to this one, Bee Thousand, and have owned and listened to this album several times in the past. Gave it another spin, but no. This is rubbish. The song Game of Pricks is outstanding but the rest of the album is awful. Half-baked song ideas with monotone vocal delivery. Very strange to want to something so incomplete with a listening audience.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
2

28 nummers op 41 minuten tijd... soms voelt het aan alsof sommige nummers niet af zijn. Er heerst ook weinig samenhang in het album, het is wat chaotisch. Weinig van kunnen genieten

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

Odd good track, but most are too short to get in to. Extreme lo-fi production is off putting

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Mon Aug 16 2021
2

I get that this is an album celebrated by many people, I just couldn't buy into it. Lo-fi is not an aesthetic choice I usually find pleasant, and this record is not an exception. It sounds dirty and obnoxious. On top of that, having extremely short songs that change up your sound every 30 seconds to 2 minutes is too spontaneous for my taste. It makes the album come off as unfocused and rushed. There may have been a point to the way this album was produced and put together, but it just completely missed me. I don't even have a favorite song, none of them stuck with me.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
2

19th August 2021 Listened while mowing the lawn before going to watch suicide squad with woody. Like ADHD in an album but I like the 90s slacker vibes

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Sun Sep 19 2021
2

I don't have a response to this. Its just there. Songs are short and I think because of that it blends together. I am in no way better or worse for listening to this.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
2

no

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Mon Oct 04 2021
2

Not something I really liked

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

Didn't get there

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Mon Oct 25 2021
2

Mediocre 90s indie music thats hard to listen to, avoid.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

I get that this is an album celebrated by many people, I just couldn't buy into it. Lo-fi is not an aesthetic choice I usually find pleasant, and this record is not an exception. It sounds dirty and obnoxious. On top of that, having extremely short songs that change up your sound every 30 seconds to 2 minutes is too spontaneous for my taste. It makes the album come off as unfocused and rushed. There may have been a point to the way this album was produced and put together, but it just completely missed me. I don't even have a favorite song, none of them stuck with me

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Mon Nov 29 2021
2

Lo-fi, short pieces, but not very interesting. Not awful, just dull.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
2

Rubbish.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
2

I normally try to listen to the whole album, after 131 albums, I finally hit an album that I really struggled with. The short song transitions is hectic and disorienting. TMBG did a similar thing in their early years, but with a more eclectic songwriting style that I favor. 2/5.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
2

Korte nummers, niet altijd goed afgewerkt

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Wed Feb 02 2022
2

booooriiiiing

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Wed Feb 09 2022
2

Nice songs but a bit too much garage, too many short songs

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Thu Feb 10 2022
2

very weird

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Wed Mar 09 2022
2

Quelques moments sympas mais franchement 28 titres c'est tricher.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
2

Aburrido y monótono. Como si fueran las canciones más ruidosas de los Beatles mal hechas y mal grabadas. No me ha gustado casi nada, aunque se puede escuchar.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
2

Znowu indyjska hameryczka, tym razem w wydaniu moco lofikowym, bo wlasnie takim krazkiem sa alien lanes od guided by voices, bandy za ktora stoi pan Robert Pollard, ktory jest glownym wokalista i lirykiem grupy w sklad ktorej podczas nagran tej plyty wchodzilo jeszcze szesc osob, ale traki sa grane raczej standardowym setupem gitara, elektryk lub akustyk, bas i drumy, tylko ze postacie sie zmieniaja, a maja sie na czym zmieniac, bo album ma 41 minut, ale zmiescili tam az 28 utworow, co nie daje zbyt duzego czasu na pojedyncze piosenki, co tworzy sytuacje traczek bedzie hitem lub misem i tak 28 razy, wiec mozna znalezc kawalki ktore slucha sie dobrze, bo lirycznie sa lekkie a instrumentalnie jamuja, ale jednak jest to szukanie, przed odsluchem mialem juz na plejliscie jeden utwor z tej plyty, pewnie w polecanym radiu indyjskim cos zaslyszalalem, a po przesluchaniu calosci dodam jeszcze dwa inne motor away i as we go up, we go down, ktore najlepiej sie bronia z calosci nagrania, ktore na generatorze wypada jako jako najbardziej budzetowe jak do tej pory, bo pewnie przesada jest nagrali plyte za 10 dolarow a sprzedali za 100k, ale jak na rok 95 nadal brzmi to w wiekszosci przypadkow przyzwoicie, chociaz dziwne uczucie sluchac takiego lofika na przyzwoitych sluchawkach, bo czujesz jakby czegos brakowalo, a jednak ten brak stanowi integralna czesc brzmienia, bo jesli nie mozesz zagrac czegos dobrze, to przeciez wystarczy, ze nie nagrasz wystarczajaco dobrze zeby ktokolwiek zauwazyl roznice, wiec z mieszanymi odczuciami i kilkoma wylowionymi utworami moge odchaczyc pozycje na liscie

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Sun Mar 20 2022
2

Here's one of those bands whose name I've heard throughout the years and I couldn't name a song of theirs to save my life. Indie low-fi, with a distinct 60's pop/folk vibe to many of their songs. It's not bad, it's just not very compelling to me.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
2

Pretty enjoyable stuff, but worthy of a place on this list? Hmmm

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Wed Apr 06 2022
2

It's cool how they got to try out lots of different styles, but I didn't really think any of them clicked.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
2

Sounded like an album full of half baked song ideas. Not for me.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

Never heard it before. Kinda wierd. Don't totally get it.

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Thu May 12 2022
2

No thanks

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Thu May 12 2022
2

An American band tryna sound like Brit pop

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Wed May 25 2022
2

Loads of instantly forgettable 2 minute offerings. Not worth your time really. I’ve heard worse music so gains an extra star for that reason only.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
2

I found the vocals so irritating that I only listened to half the album.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
2

Amongst the strain of trying oh-so-hard to give off the impression of just hooking up a mic and recording anything that happens, there's a great power-pop album hiding in here somewhere. There are some gems to be found among the 28 (!) songs. Minus the necessary polish, this gets old in a hurry.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
2

Eitt gott við þessa plötu: lögin, þó þau séu fjöldamörg, eru flest mjöööög stutt! Einstaka inn á milli með grípandi laglínu, en almennt er þetta mjög einsleitt og ekki nógu skemmtilega útfært.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
2

His voice is nothing special. I don’t seem to like this album very much. Pass

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Fri Jun 17 2022
2

Not memorable.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
2

Seems like a bunch of experimental, partially fleshed out half ideas assembled in a very strange collection. There's only a few that seem like actual songs, but nothing that is really too compelling. Interesting.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
2

I like the vibe but couldn't really get into the album as a whole. Kinda feels all over the place.

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