CD Robert Pollard Is Off to Business (CD 1187640), Audio Other
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Robert Pollard Is Off to Business

  • 1. Original Heart, The
    2. Blondes, The
    3. 1 Years Old
    4. Gratification To Concrete
    5. No One But I
    6. Weatherman And Skin Goddess
    7. Confessions Of A Teenage Jerk-Off
    8. To The Path!
    9. Western Centipede
    10. Wealth And Hell-Being
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): GBV 02 CD

  • Credits

    OFF TO BUSINESS is the sound of a true songwriter, versed in decades of rock & roll, continuing to place a priority on humble production values over the ability to craft an intricate and potentially timeless pop song. Obtuse title aside, "Gratification To Concrete" is almost begging to be coated with big-studio lacquer and played on Top 40 radio. The song's bridge could be its chorus, which renders the chorus nothing short of transcendent, but this all comes on the heels of a traditional 4-4 verse that relies on a choppy stop-start riff reminiscent of Built To Spill's "Big Dipper." Like fellow indie-punk-vet-turned-matured-tunesmith Bob Mould, Pollard's passionate rasp wears a new kind of elegance as he enters middle age, one that expresses his continually evolving craft rather poignantly. However, songs such as "No One But I" still insist on smashing sloppy cymbals up against scratchy, lo-fi electric guitars and rollicking acoustics, turning what might have been a moving Modern Rock single into an equally unforgettable anti-ballad. As difficult as it has been to distinguish Pollard on his own amidst the always-rotating cast of Guided By Voices bandmates, BUSINESS shows that, entering his 50s, Pollard is ready to get down to just that.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.116) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "'The Blondes' opens with elegantly strummed acoustic guitar before shifting to regal, synth-backed verses and precisely played lead lines."
    Alternative Press (p.163) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'The Original Heart' sets the tone with an anthemic chorus about how Pollard's generation is losing it bad and a swagger that's equal parts '70s Who and the Clash's 'Train In Vain.'"
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