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Brown Submarine

  • 1. Winston's Atomic Bird
    2. Brown Submarine
    3. You Satisfy Me
    4. Ate It Twice
    5. Two Girl Area
    6. North 11:00 am
    7. Zero Fix
    8. Psych Threat
    9. Andy Playboy
    10. Rat Trap
    11. Soggy Beavers
    12. Ready to Pop
    13. Still in Rome
    14. Go for the Exit
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3

  • Credits
    EngineerChris Slusarenko; Brian Berg

    Boston Spaceships: Robert Pollard (vocals, acoustic guitar); Chris Slusarenko (guitar, E-bow, recorder, keyboards, bass instrument); Pamela Snyder (cello); Brian Berg (recorder, percussion); David Grant (trumpet); Jim Talstra (bass instrument); John Moen (drums, drum).
    Personnel: David "Telegram" Grant (trumpet).
    Recording information: 44 Long Studios, Portland, OR; Waterloo Studios, Kent, OH.
    Photographer: Rich Turiel.
    BROWN SUBMARINES inspired Robert Pollard to embark on his first nationwide tour since the breakup of Guided By Voices, one sign that the Boston Spaceships project he started with Chris Slusarenko (GBV) and John Moen (The Decemberists) is meatier than his other extracurricular bands and releases. The music backs up the commitment; these songs are substantial, with "Winston's Atomic Bird" an obvious standout--fun stop 'n' guitars and some bizarre enunciating from Bob. Pollard shines lyrically on the witty "Two Girl Area" and "Andy Playboy," two gentle (yet biting) satires of acquaintances.

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (p.152) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "A scrappy but loveable collection of power pop, BROWN SUBMARINE essays uncomplicated riffing you've certainly heard before, but usually suggests excellent sources..."
    Magnet (p.100) - "Boasting sharp lyrics and plenty of strong songwriting, BROWN SUBMARINE may be Pollard's most entertaining start-to-finish record since 2006's double-whammy of FROM A COMPOUND EYE and BLUES AND BOOGIE SHOES."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.101) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Less proggy than Pollard's recent solo material, at times the songs sound like lost tracks from his legendary mid-'90s purple patch....With beat band ballast, horn-laden soul, orchestral gloom and pleasingly weird mini-epics."
    Clash (magazine) (p.114) - "[A] typically glorious off-kilter pop punk gem. The title track is joyous psych pop....Robert Pollard remains stubbornly true to his underground roots -- and for that, may we be truly grateful."
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