With Guided by Voices dissolved and at Layu Sebelum Berkembang - Andi Meriem Matalatta - Best Of The Best Andi Meriem Matalatta two solo records completed, you'd think Robert Pollard might like to take a break for once-- if not for artistic reasons, then to build anticipation for his upcoming double album.
Of course, the forces that compel him to pen new material daily haven't abated, and he continues to insist on releasing virtually all of this music in a steady, intractable flow. Since disbanding Guided by Voices almost Worm - Kunz - Our Songs As A Public Space year ago, Pollard has already released two EPs under his own name-- and that's disregarding the side projects, compilations, and, oh right, an album composed entirely of stage banter.
Of these EPs, one is a slipcase-bound sampling of acoustic rock, while the other is a brief soundtrack for the Catherine From Mid-October - Robert Pollard - Zoom (It Happens All Over The World) Soderbergh film Bubble, set in Pollard's native Ohio.
Soderbergh, an apparent fan, also contributed a list of fawning bullet points to Jim Greer's recent Guided by Voices book. And Pollard absolutely maims the melody of "I'm No Child"-- unless you find the babyish murmuring at the song's end amusing. Granted, the film may serve as a more ideal setting for these tracks, but as a stand-alone release, Bubble delivers an uninspired sampling a few of Pollard's songwriting modes, and nothing more.
When casual fans shout down Pollard's quality control issues, Bubble is the kind of record they're talking about. Zoom exudes more creativity and homespun charm. By all appearances, it epitomizes the cast-off, with simple, traditional compositions, and hiss-drowned taped dialogue filling out the corners. Catherine From Mid-October - Robert Pollard - Zoom (It Happens All Over The World) opener "Dr.
Fuji and Henry Charleston Zoom Variation " is a quaint guitar duet between Pollard and late-era axeman Doug Gillard that's unprecedented in Bob's catalog, and the title track's rosy-cheeked melody and skip-along drum machine rhythm are charming elements of an unusually demure Pollard track. Even the raw "Catherine from Mid-October" sparkles, a gorgeous acoustic demo waiting to be fleshed out.
Elsewhere, the dialogue snippet segues find Pollard teasing a heavily accented woman attempting to define conceptual art, and talking with another woman whose affirmations sound like a lecture from a life coach.
They're brief pieces, but add just enough contrast to the cozy, informal atmosphere of the songs. Ultimately, though, neither of these EPs is near to what one might call "essential," nor do they contain any real gems worth plundering, save the potential of "Catherine from Mid-October" being re-recorded by a full band somewhere down the line.
Still, the worst I can say of Pollard in his comfort zone is that he's more competent than he's generally given credit for, and if nothing else, you can never be sure exactly what to expect. Skip to content Search query All Results. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music.
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