Robert Pollard – We All Got Out of the Army

January 01, 1970

(Guided
by Voices Inc.)

 

www.robertpollard.net

 

Anyone
who thinks that Robert Pollard has been kicking up his feet and resting on his
Guided by Voices laurels would be sadly mistaken. Between projects under his
own name as well as ones by Circus Devils, Boston Spaceships and Cosmos (with
Cardinal’s Richard Davies) the guy has got plenty to do so even if he wanted to
go back into the classroom, which he probably doesn’t, he wouldn’t have the
time to do it (even with those summers off). We All Got Out of the Army is Pollard cranking out 17 more tunes and truth be told it’s a bit of a mixed
bag and not nearly his best, but not a disaster either.

 

Let’s
start with the high points. The opener “Silk Rotor” has some nice power pop
riffage not unlike a tune by his pal Tommy Keene and “Talking Doors” is a nice,
short jangly piece with tender vocals. He tucks some of the best songs near the
end as the cascading “How Many Stations”, the Pollard epic (all 1:51 of it)
“His Knighthood Photograph” as well as the final, jagged, folk number, “Faster
to Babylon.”
Aside from those and a few others there’s just plain too many unmemorable songs
here (like the plodding “Face Down”). Had he cherry picked the cream of the
crop here it would have been half as many songs but would have been a much
stronger record. The forward-thinking Pollard is none too worried though, he’ll
have another out by the summer, guaranteed.

 

Standout
Tracks
:  “Silk Rotor”, “Talking Doors”, “His Knighthood
Photograph”,  “How Many Stations”, “Faster to Babylon” TIM HINELY

 

 

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