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Guided by Voices: Bee ThousandBee Thousand (1994)
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Since this band is reuniting and Punknews didn't have a review, I thought I'd post one. I'm gonna be frank, especially when it's 2 a.m.: This album kicks ass. It goes from glam rock to indie rock to the Who to lo-fi music to acoustic melodies written in the dark. Guided by Voices, headed by former t.
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Since this band is reuniting and Punknews didn't have a review, I thought I'd post one. I'm gonna be frank, especially when it's 2 a.m.: This album kicks ass. It goes from glam rock to indie rock to the Who to lo-fi music to acoustic melodies written in the dark. Guided by Voices, headed by former teacher Robert Pollard, recorded all of their songs on four-track recorders in DIY fashion, and you can hear the murk and ambient room sounds in every guitar chord.

But considering how strange the songs really are, it only adds to the loveability of the whole record, like the birthmark a lover has. Often the 21 songs last less than two minutes, and never step past three minutes. Each song is short, sweet and to the point. The lyrics are also odd, poetic, at times beautiful, and kinda jarring. One of the best songs on the album is titled "Tractor Rape Chain": "Parallel lives in slow decline / tractor rape chain." "I Am a Scientist" is an anthem of curious minds, and "Kicker of Elves" is simply this: "dooo-doo-doo-doo-doo, kicker of elves" over and over. It's warped, innocent, and goofy.

Oh, by the way, put this lyric into any random conversation, and see what happens: "I met a non-dairy creamer / Explicitly laid out like a fruitcake." Try it!

This album is amazing, a benchmark for indie rock, and something to love for anybody who simply likes underground music. I know I do. "I am a lost soul / I shoot myself with rock 'n' roll."

 

 
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toosoftforpunk (May 27, 2012)

Everything about this record is great: the songcraft-sublime, instrumentation-there, production quality-delicious! I will say this however, Tobin Sprout, in my opinion, is a better lyricist than Bob Pollard. Shame on those that listen to Pavement and Built to Spill but neglect to pick this record up!

scientistrock (March 20, 2011)

Also, this review feels so thin. There's so much to the story of this album, and I think the story of this album totally adds to the experience of listening to it.

What I'm getting at is I wanted to write this review.

scientistrock (March 20, 2011)

I have a lot of things to say about this record. A lot of unendingly wonderful things.

TheMike (July 29, 2010)

One of the greatest bands ever.

scully (July 29, 2010)

Perfect album, nuff said

d_boons_ghost (July 28, 2010)

Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes are about ten different kinds of perfect, but my favorite GBV song will always be "An Earful O' Wax." Can't beat that guitar solo during the fadeout.

ninjagun (July 28, 2010)

Indeed!

feeeding5000 (July 27, 2010)

Cold hands touching my face. Don't hide; the snake can see you. Old friends you might not remember fading away from you. The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory...

Amazing, amazing album. One of those that's so perfect that I'm reluctant to listen to anything else by the band for fear of it being lessened.

Bryne (July 27, 2010)

Great album.

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