Guided By Voices
Let's Go Eat The Factory


3.0
good

Review

by Super Grover USER (32 Reviews)
December 26th, 2011 | 31 replies | 5,605 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ...and a very Pollard New Year.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

The thing about Guided by Voices is--and I will attempt very hard to tread around cliché here--I’ve listened to barely half of their albums in full and still consider them one of my favorite bands. Is this solely due to the fact that I, like many, would heavily consider Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, and Under the Bushes Under the Stars for “desert island album” status and could really care little about the rest, a few select tracks aside? Well, yes and no. I haven’t yet developed enough of a craze to force me to get my paws on anything with the name Pollard on it, but it’s more than enough to make two Guided by Voices albums due for release in 2012 a more than entertaining prospect.

So how to approach the band’s umpteenth release, Let’s Go Eat the Factory? GBV, for one, is throwing a bit of a “new look” curve at us. It’s been eight years since an LP was released under the band’s name, nearly twice that since an effort from the now-reunited, classic Pollard-Sprout-Mitchell-Demos lineup, and to top it off, the record is slated for release on New Year’s Day. This in itself is amusing, as the album neither harkens back to the heydays of the classic quartet, nor does it reinvent the wheel-- at all. Factory feels somewhere stuck between the backwash of some latter-day GBV records and an enhanced version of the same old shtick that Pollard was churning out on his own before the reunion.

That, however, doesn’t necessarily prevent it from being enjoyable. At its best, Factory puts together a string of quality tracks-- the giddy duo of “Doughnut for a Snowman” and the three-and-half minute-plus “Spiderfighter”, for one-- and at its worst occasionally rises from the murk and strikes gold. “Waves” is probably the best song associated with Robert Pollard in some eight years (see what I did there?), and the fourth quartile of the album provides more than a few choice cuts. True, it doesn’t work as a whole nearly as well as its predecessors did, but who could have expected it to?

Nothing here near approaches the genius of that fantastic string of mid-nineties releases, or even recalls the energy of the band’s newer, Half Smiles of the Decomposed-era work. Viewed in the shadow of those albums, Let’s Go Eat the Factory could easily be considered a failure. But then why view it as such? It’s a new Guided by Voices album for the New Year. Amplify yourself to rock, listen to it, and consider yourself lucky, punk.



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Romulus
December 26th 2011



8373 Comments


holy balls a romulus review? merry christmas guys, it's been a year.

i'm trying to touch the point here that if you've listened with baited breath to every single GBV release then you will probably view this album differently than someone like me. as it stands, this is my least favorite album of theirs

amandine
December 26th 2011



63 Comments


Will probably check this out at some point, although from initial reactions I'm not expecting as much as I had initially hoped for.

porch
December 26th 2011



8390 Comments


listened to the stream a couple of times, wasn't very impressed but wasn't expecting to be either

you should review more

iFghtffyrdmns
December 26th 2011



7047 Comments


nice review there Rom

can't say I've ever listened to GBV and can't say I ever will

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 26th 2011



7237 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I thought this was terrible on first listen but it's grown on me a little since then, still not great, though. The point you make about it not working at all as a whole is spot on.

porch
December 26th 2011



8390 Comments


anyone with a passing interest in 90's indie rock should listen to bee thousand, alien lanes and under the bushes under the stars

wabbit
December 26th 2011



6747 Comments


"I’ve listened to barely half of their albums in full and still consider them one of my favorite bands"

this...review more.


I haven't heard this, maybe I will.

Romulus
December 26th 2011



8373 Comments


thanks all. despite the positive spin on the review i really don't recommend this for any purposes apart from finding some tracks you dig and the excitement of listening to a new guided by voices album in 2012. this would be an absolutely dreadful starting point, but yeah at the very least bee thousand is a must-hear

Acanthus
December 26th 2011



9510 Comments


Holy balls a Romulus review indeed!

Digging: Ayria - Hearts for Bullets

ohfoxxxycole
December 26th 2011



4350 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the unsinkable fats domino had me pretty excited for this, i still haven't listened though

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 26th 2011



14884 Comments


that song isnt very good

ohfoxxxycole
December 26th 2011



4350 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

there's hope i'll like this, then

robin
Emeritus
December 26th 2011



4223 Comments


fuck this album

awesome review : )

Axel
December 26th 2011



189 Comments


read it and loved it




ohfoxxxycole
December 26th 2011



4350 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

robin why the hate

LasNoches
January 3rd 2012



35 Comments


I'm scared to listen this. Love GBV, but GBV fuck ups are FUCK UPs.

Romulus
January 3rd 2012



8373 Comments


idk if you're into GBV i see no reason not to check it out. if you don't like it you'll know pretty quickly and at the very least you'll find a couple quality tracks

Romulus
May 6th 2012



8373 Comments


hey i like this album. i only really listen to a couple of tracks though

Maniac!
May 6th 2012



26187 Comments


the band is kind of overrated in general imo

Romulus
May 6th 2012



8373 Comments


bee thousand is the best album ever but in all fairness it took me ages to get into. once you get hooked on one though you can't stop picking and choosing tidbits of their discography. it's pretty fun actually



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