Posted in music on January 22, 2013

Guide By VoiceS

They're on a roll. The press release reads:

English Little League--the fourth album from the reunited "classic" line-up of Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Greg Demos, Mitch Mitchell and Kevin Fennell--hums like angry birds along the full spectrum of rock's highways and byways (especially the byways), from rock to roll and back again. Pollard's rebus system of songwriting (sounds made visible, abstract concepts symbolized) strung like fairy lights from the opening song "Xeno Pariah" to the galvanic closer "With Glass In Foot," kettles along at full steam throughout, punctuated by the airier constructs of Tobin Sprout ("The Sudden Death of Epstein's Ways," with it's sweet/creepy emphatic refrain of "Jesus," is a particular standout). Deeper and less immediately accessible than last year's Class Clown Spots a UFO (for instance), but no less richly striated with layers of musical goo, this album is as much the work of a guild of master craftsmen as of a singular visionary genius. ELL (fookin' 'ell!) travels from hieroglyphic to hieratic smoother than a pharaoh's cartouche, and if the quadratic equation that runs through the middle of the record from "Crybaby Four Star Hotel" to "Birds" doesn't solve every problem in your life then you've got actual problems.

The Guided By Voices project, as any fan knows, both requires and rewards effortful listening, and lazybones who dismiss the volume of Pollard's output as (basically) impossible misunderstand the care with which he assembles his dreamscapes. Whiny types will thus be dismayed to learn that Pollard has recently installed a studio in his house (first fruits can be found on "A Burning Glass," among others here), the better to transform his oneiric musings to immediate art, but converts to the clubhouse will be overcome--some will in fact faint--at the news. The plan at present is to release three Guided By Voices albums per year until the end of time, but in the world according to Robert Pollard, "plans" does not mean what it means to you and me. "Plans" to him are moving ideas caught momentarily in stasis, and subject as often to revision as to fruition. Which is to say only that you never know what the future will bring, only what the past has brought, and the past has now brought you the fourth Guided By Voices album in little more than a year. You should probably buy someone a drink to celebrate. You should definitely celebrate. Life is short. Guided By Voices is long.
Indeed. English Little League will be out via Fire Records on the 29th of April, 2013. Tracklist below...

Guided by Voices - English Little League

Side 1: English Little League
1. Xeno Pariah
2. Know Me As Heavy
3. Island (She Talks In Rainbows)
4. Trash Can Full Of Nails
5. Send To Celeste (And The Cosmic Athletes)
6. Quiet Game
7. Noble Insect
8. Sir Garlic Breath

Side 2: Department Of Dust
1. Crybaby 4-Star Hotel
2. Biopgrapher Seahorse
3. Flunky Minnows
4. Birds
5. The Sudden Death Of Epstein's Ways
6. Reflections In A Metal Whistle
7. Taciturn Caves
8. A Burning Glass
9. W/ Glass In Foot




Comments (33)

hippies are stoked.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 11:19 AM

ha ha...though Phish>GBV by miles and miles...GBV had one ok album and live show is very hit or miss.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 11:21 AM

They need to calm it down a bit.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 11:22 AM

fuck yeah! cover looks pretty cool too

Posted by anonymous nun | January 22, 2013 11:23 AM

Come hear Uncle Bob's band....

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 11:26 AM

^These guys keep on Truckin'

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 11:40 AM

Scarves everywhere must be going nuts at this news! Give it a whirl!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 11:46 AM

Yeah. I dont think anyone ever would appreciate three albums a year from anyone.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 12:02 PM

Quantity over Quality..sorry this band just ain't good.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 12:07 PM

Never understood the GBV are hippies meme.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 12:24 PM

still 1000000000x better than your shitty band

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 12:24 PM

^I'm not in a band so there..I have however seen GBV twice live...I GAVE THEM TWO chances and they did not deliver.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 12:31 PM

^agreed, I don't really want to see a bunch of hippies dick around on their guitars for three hours

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 12:52 PM

everyone of their songs sound the same. no lead guitar.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 1:07 PM

^plus the faux Lo-Fi sound...

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 1:13 PM

Lo-Fi. Lo-Talent

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 1:19 PM

OMG #epic

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 2:07 PM

i thought the last album was embarrassing

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 2:27 PM

No one really liked it along with their Central Park performance..amirite

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 2:31 PM

I have been dissapointed in their last 16 releases.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 2:44 PM

^ha ha comment of 2013!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 2:54 PM

2:44 LOL Z

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 3:13 PM

Ha Ha... Look at all these losers who wasted their time saying the don't like a band!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 8:17 PM

Love this.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 10:02 PM

8:17 ha coming from a loser who still likes this loser of a band.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 7:54 AM


Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 9:18 PM

The time will come when they add up the numbers.

You sad babies will have nothing but disparaging and dismissive comments left where no one cares and GBV will have left you in the dust long before you were born.

Posted by TD | February 1, 2013 1:42 PM

@11:21 AM


clueless pile of mindless noodling.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2013 6:39 PM

I'll never understand why people insist on leave comments just to bash something. Because you are able to do so anonymously and can be an asshole without anyone knowing? Not a good reason to be a shitty person. If you don't like it, why waste your breath being negative? Just ignore it and move on, thats what I do with Thom Yorke.
There are a million reasons why GBV and Bob Pollard are amazing but I don't need to waste my time explaining this shit to morons. I'll say this they aren't a band for everyone but if you get it, you get it and it doesn't matter that they sound like shit, or half of the songs are well only half songs they are truly amazing. The only thing I'm disappointed about is having to wait 6 months between Pollard releases. This one can't come soon enough based on the singles I've heard!

Posted by Zach | March 8, 2013 6:33 PM

^ that's funny since I'll never understand why people would go to a weeks dormant thread to leave paragraph long comments thinking that they are making some meaningful statement. lots of self importance flying around BV this Friday night I suppose.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 6:49 PM

This fourth album is a result of hard work won by banda, very good've seen a little bit and I loved it! Now we can only hope the next!

Posted by Manutenção Automotiva | April 5, 2013 5:24 PM

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Posted by journaux francais | May 11, 2013 8:49 PM

Sounds like the world's greatest subway performance. Robert Pollard is a genius!

Posted by Iglesias | September 14, 2014 5:04 AM

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