Earth Man Blues

Album Review of Earth Man Blues by Guided by Voices.

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Earth Man Blues

Guided by Voices

Earth Man Blues by Guided by Voices

Release Date: Apr 30, 2021
Record label: Guided by Voices, Inc.
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi

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Earth Man Blues - Average, Based on 2 Critics

Pitchfork - 68
Based on rating 6.8/10
68

Is it better to be a long-running band making pretty good music, or is it preferable to craft several classic albums and burn out into the night? Oddly enough, Guided By Voices has managed to do both. They have obvious classics (Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes), and they've managed to produce at least one good song every year they've existed. This is why for their adoring and long-loving fanbase, it's easy to call oneself an "eternal GBV fan," as Jay Carney, Amazon's PR flack and former Obama press secretary, does; Beto O'Rourke is obviously a fan as well.

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The Line of Best Fit - 50
Based on rating 5/10
50

Earth Man Blues sees the band trying their hand at a grand, pop journey whilst retaining their homemade edge. The result unfortunately doesn't really do justice to either of these ambitions. The charming and scruffy production style of their earlier records has ironed out over the years into something far more ploddish and clean. Granted, this is likely a product of the changes in recording technology, but the fact remains that Pollard's loose, jammed out guitar style and lackadaisical vocals are shown up to be very rough-and-ready when there's no clouds of fuzz to hide behind, especially on "Dirty Kids School" and "How Can a Plumb Be Perfected", where Pollard is barely hitting the notes vocally.

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