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5.0 classic
31knots It Was High Time To Escape
I really love this album. It has the musicality of Prog and the heart of Punk. All done with a lo-fi sensibility. Very cool record. This and Talk Like Blood are the apex of the 31knots discography.
Cursive I Am Gemini
Cursive The Ugly Organ
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Brain Salad Surgery
Genesis Foxtrot
Genesis Live
Genesis Nursery Cryme
Genesis A Trick of the Tail
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Genesis Selling England by the Pound
Gentle Giant The Power and the Glory
Gentle Giant Playing the Fool
Gentle Giant Free Hand
Gentle Giant In a Glass House
Guided by Voices Do The Collapse
I can truly understand why many die-hard fans of this band deride this Ric Ocasek produced album: it just doesn't sound like the GbV many of us fell in love with. It sounds like a sell-out. But it's not. Not by a long shot. Packed with some of Pollard's best-ever songs, even the limp "Hold On Hope" holds up well despite the strings and what-not, making this the anti-Bee Thousand. I love it. And am also thankful it was a one-off.
Guided by Voices Under the Bushes Under the Stars
Guided by Voices Bee Thousand
Guided by Voices Alien Lanes
Guided by Voices Propeller
The beginning of Robert Pollard's greatness. A true classic.
Guided by Voices Fast Japanese Spin Cycle
GbV's best EP features two cleaned-up versions of songs previously available on Vampire On Titus. Pollard at his peak.
Guided by Voices Let's Go Eat The Factory
This is a true Guided by Voices album, not a Pollard solo record with the GbV name plate. The Tobin Sprout
contributions are not only welcome, they are crucial. The Pollard songs are indeed a mixed bag but all of
Sprout's are great - like a guy who knows these are the only songs he's written in 15 years that will be
listened to. This is not an easy listen though. It is not a Boston Spaceships record. It is at times ugly. It has
a little Vampire On Titus about it. This is quite surprising and very refreshing. Yes, it may take a few spins
to really understand where the boys are heading here. But even in hectic ol' 2012, the time and effort is
well, well worth it.
Guided by Voices The Bears For Lunch
Of the three 2012 GbV albums, this one is the best. Whereas Let's Go Eat The Factory took some time to appreciate (but was worth the effort) and Class Clown Spots A UFO was more immediate (but did not improve with repeat listens) The Bears For Lunch has everything long time fans love about Dayton's most famous AARP members. A great batch of songs with the right level of production. Highly recommended. To these ears it is the best Pollard-affiliated release since Isolation Drill.
Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick
Jethro Tull Aqualung
Jethro Tull A Passion Play
Minutemen The Punch Line
Minutemen Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat
Minutemen What Makes a Man Start Fires?
Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime
Minutemen Joy
Minutemen Paranoid Time
Mock Orange Disguised As Ghosts
The boys from Evansville, Indiana break free from the Built to Spill comparisons and record their best album yet. More acoustic than previous efforts but no less powerful. Full of great melodies and cool guitar sounds.
Mock Orange Mind Is Not Brain
Mock Orange Captain Love
The transformation of Mock Orange from a better-than-average emo band to an amazing indie band is complete with this 2008 release. Squiggly guitars, falsetto vocals and tons of hooks are more than enough to make Captain Love the best record Modest Mouse never recorded.
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
Neal Morse Testimony 2
Neal Morse Lifeline
Neal Morse Sola Scriptura
Neal Morse ?
Neal Morse Testimony
Robert Pollard Not In My Airforce
Spock's Beard V
The Flower Kings The Sum of No Evil
The Flower Kings Space Revolver
The Flower Kings Flower Power
The Flower Kings Stardust We Are
The Tangent A Spark In The Aether
The Tangent A Place in the Queue
Transatlantic The Whirlwind
Transatlantic Bridge Across Forever
Transatlantic SMPT:e
XTC Black Sea
XTC Oranges & Lemons
XTC Fossil Fuel: the XTC Singles Collection 1977-1992
XTC Drums And Wires
XTC Apple Venus Pt. 1
XTC Nonsuch
XTC English Settlement
Yes Close to the Edge
Yes The Yes Album
Yes Tales from Topographic Oceans
Yes Relayer
Yes Fragile

4.5 superb
Built to Spill Keep It Like a Secret
Built to Spill Perfect from Now On
Cursive Happy Hollow
Cursive Domestica
Do Make Say Think Other Truths
Genesis Seconds Out
Genesis Wind & Wuthering
Gentle Giant Octopus
Guided by Voices Isolation Drills
Many GbV fans were thrilled that this record was not a repeat Do The Collapse - the most hated album in the Guided By Voices catalog. What it is, then, is the loud, rocking slab Pollard always wanted to do. And it has "Glad Girls." Good enough for me!
Guided by Voices Mag Earwhig!
A new Guided by Voices emerges and it's really good.
Guided by Voices Half Smiles Of The Decomposed
Guided by Voices Hold on Hope
This is a great EP. If you liked Do The Collapse (and I do, I do!) you'll love this as well.
Guided by Voices Human Amusements at Hourly Rates
Guided by Voices Universal Truths and Cycles
After GbV flirted with the Big Rock sounds of the previous two releases on quasi-major TVT Records, they return to Matador and the results are actually surprising. This is not Bee Thousand or Alien Lanes and it was never planned as such. It is, however, an album filled with really great songs. What else do you people want?
Guided by Voices Vampire on Titus
I have no idea why I love this record so much. It's dark, ugly, sloppy and displays some of the worst drumming ever put on tape. Horrible. But amazing.
Guided by Voices Sunfish Holy Breakfast
Home to the GbV classic "If We Wait," this is pretty much a must-have.
Headlights Some Racing, Some Stopping
Jethro Tull Songs from the Wood
Jethro Tull Heavy Horses
Minutemen Bean-Spill
Mock Orange Nines & Sixes
Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West
Neal Morse The Grand Experiment
Neal Morse One
Robert Pollard Choreographed Man of War
Robert Pollard Waved Out
Robert Pollard Elephant Jokes
Robert Pollard Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department
Spock's Beard Snow
Spock's Beard The Kindness Of Strangers
The Flower Kings Desolation Rose
The Flower Kings Banks of Eden
The Flower Kings Paradox Hotel
The Flower Kings Adam & Eve
The Flower Kings Unfold the Future
The Flower Kings Retropolis
The Flower Kings Back in the World of Adventures
The Tangent The Music That Died Alone
Transatlantic Kaleidoscope
XTC Mummer
XTC The Big Express
XTC Skylarking
Yes The Ladder
Yes Drama
Yes Going for the One

4.0 excellent
31knots Trump Harm
31knots Talk Like Blood
31knots The Curse Of The Longest Day
Built to Spill There's Nothing Wrong with Love
Cursive Mama, I'm Swollen
Genesis Three Sides Live
Genesis Trespass
Genesis Duke
Gentle Giant Interview
Guided by Voices Static Airplane Jive EP
Guided by Voices Earthquake Glue
Often overlooked in the vast GbV catalog, Earthquake Glue is a rare glimpse into Robert Pollard's song writing formula. The Who looms very large over the whole thing - and to good effect.
Headlights Wildlife
Jethro Tull Minstrel in the Gallery
Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Neal Morse Momentum
Robert Pollard Crickets: The Best of the Fading Captain Series
Robert Pollard Robert Pollard Is Off To Business
Spock's Beard The Oblivion Particle
Spock's Beard Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep
Spock's Beard The Light
The Flower Kings The Rainmaker
The Tangent Le Sacre du Travail
The Tangent Comm
The Tangent Down and Out in Paris and London
The Tangent Not As Good As the Book
The Tangent The World That We Drive Through

3.5 great
31knots The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere
31knots A Word Is Also a Picture of a Word
Cursive The Storms of Early Summer
Do Make Say Think You, You're a History in Rust
Genesis ...And Then There Were Three...
Guided by Voices I Am a Scientist EP
Great version of GbV's best song. Also worth having for "Do The Earth."
Guided by Voices Clown Prince of the Menthol Trailer
Guided by Voices Self-Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia
After the disappointing second album, Sandbox, this is a nice little album. Filled with great ideas that don't always work but do indeed entertain.
Guided by Voices Forever Since Breakfast
Guided by Voices Class Clown Spots A UFO
Jethro Tull Stormwatch
Mock Orange The Record Play
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Modest Mouse This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
Robert Pollard Space City Kicks
Spock's Beard X
Spock's Beard Spock's Beard
Spock's Beard Day For Night
Spock's Beard Beware of Darkness
XTC White music
XTC Go 2
XTC Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2)
Yes Magnification
Yes Tormato

3.0 good
31knots Worried Well
31knots Polemics
31knots Climax | Anti Climax
Built to Spill There Is No Enemy
Built to Spill You in Reverse
Built to Spill Ancient Melodies of the Future
Built to Spill Ultimate Alternative Wavers
Cursive Such Blinding Stars for Starving Eyes
Cursive Burst and Bloom
Genesis Abacab
Gentle Giant Acquiring the Taste
Gentle Giant Civilian
Gentle Giant Three Friends
Guided by Voices Same Place the Fly Got Smashed
Some very good songs (and one great one) hindered by ridiculous panning of vocals and certain instruments make this a tough one to rate any higher.
Guided by Voices Tonics and Twisted Chasers
This is a Sprout/Pollard joint, making it kind of the first Airport 5 album.
Guided by Voices Devil Between My Toes
Guided by Voices King Shit and the Golden Boys
An album of throw away tracks (some of which are really great) collected specifically for Scat Records and included in the box set of all GbV's early releases. Primarily for fans only, but still pretty cool.
Jethro Tull Benefit
Jethro Tull Stand Up
Jethro Tull War Child
Jethro Tull Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die!
Jethro Tull A
Minutemen The Politics of Time
Minutemen 3-Way Tie (For Last)
Yes Open Your Eyes
Yes Fly from Here
Yes 90125
Yes Time and a Word
Yes Heaven and Earth

2.5 average
Genesis From Genesis to Revelation
Genesis Genesis
Genesis Invisible Touch
Gentle Giant Gentle Giant
Gentle Giant The Missing Piece
Minutemen Project: Mersh
Spock's Beard Octane
Spock's Beard Feel Euphoria
Yes Talk
Yes Yes
Yes Big Generator

2.0 poor
Gentle Giant Giant for a Day
Guided by Voices Sandbox
Their worst effort. The only GbV record worth skipping.
Yes Union

1.5 very poor
Genesis We Can't Dance

1.0 awful
Genesis Calling All Stations

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