Review Summary: ~a true gem~
kids, in 1994 ted mosbys everywhere with their unfiltered weed cigarettes fell in love with guided by voices on their (however many it took)st/nd/rd/th listen to undisputable gem album bee thousand
. wow what a year for those guys, a true gem. later on, in 2004, robin smith and idk maybe 6 other people were upset to hear that guided by voices were disbanding. bummer robin =[ dont get too down big guy it was barely even guided by voices anymore lol. but then 2010 comes around and matador records let loose a nice information gem that guided by voices were reuniting with their classic lineup (from gem album bee thousand
) and that guided by voices would record a new album! ted mosby continued being a boring architect and robin expected "crushing, horrible disappointment" and well, let's just say 2012's let's go eat the factory
was no architect
understandably, interest in the reunited guided by voices dove (dived?) drastically which sucks because their followup is so dense with gems it hurts. it's got gems of every shape, size, color! the title track is a big yellow gem with sunglasses and handclaps it dances around you with this grin OH MAN THIS GRIN!!! you cant help but grin back! and then it suddenly stops and "uuuuup uuuuup we go now" omg thats no gem, that's the sun! still a gem though
and then the one-two punch of "hang up and try again" and "keep it in motion" are magic gems with the power of possession in that they possesses you to shake your booty, rapidly during punch one and then on punch two, when directed, "in time, walk(ing) it down the line" haha it's good excercise!
there are quick and dirty gems too. take "roll of the dice, kick in the head" for example: a 46 second burst of fuzzy garage rock that wouldnt sound out of place on alien lanes
. if there was a superhero that kicked heads this would be his hastily thrown-together theme song which really only makes it more charming. one of those gems that pass you by ten times before you realize how gem it is. and then theres "be impeccable" which towers above me in such a weird way that i cant even write about it; this one is special and must be experienced
here is a gem of an album that came out so quickly after the comparatively lifeless let's go eat the factory
that it went unnoticed by many fans of the band; swept under the pile hastily by robin smiths everywhere
as reagan famously said once, and i paraphrase: "mr robin smith, dig up this gem!"