GUIDED BY VOICES - HOW DO YOU SPELL HEAVEN Vinyl LP
Vinyl LP pressing. 2017 release from the uber-prolific Robert Pollard and his main day job, Guided By Voices. Guided by Voices is on a roll. One could argue that GBV is never not on a roll, that Robert Pollard's output plows past the word "prolific" like prolific is standing still in a snowbank; and that's true, but this new version of the band (Doug Gillard, Bobby Bare Jr, Mark Shue, Kevin March) has given Pollard new tools to complement his song-hammer. Thus, ergo, quod erat demonstrandum: roll. Hot on the heels of the smothered-in-plaudits double album August By Cake comes this hot and heavy fifteen-tune long player, a melody-dense thwack to the earholes that will both energize and deplete your body of it's remaining music-appreciation enzymes. Recorded by the band in New York, and by Pollard in Ohio, How Do You Spell Heaven capitalizes on the current incarnation's tour-buffed shine without sacrificing eternal verities such as but not limited to: off-kilter rhythmic jolts; krazy chords; purposefully imperfect harmonies; and fragmented structures that start and stop on a coin of small denomination and go somewhere else, and quickly. There's more, much more-the easiest, laziest way to sum up this latest album is the most obvious: How do you spell heaven? Shout it from the rafters: G-B-V!
1.1 The Birthday Democrats 1.2 King 007 1.3 Boy w 1.4 Steppenwolf Mausoleum 1.5 Cretinous Number Ones 1.6 They Fall Silent 1.7 Diver Dan 1.8 How to Murder a Man 1.9 Pearly Gates Smoke Machine 1.10 Tenth Century 1.11 How Do You Spell Heaven 1.12 Paper Cutz 1.13 Low Flying Perfection 1.14 Nothing Gets You Real 1.15 Just to Show You