Review: Guided By Voices

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Guided By Voices
““Half Smiles Of The Decomposed””
(Matador)

It is a known fact that all good things must come to an end, and so is indeed the case of Guided By Voices final album, “Half Smiles Of The Decomposed”. After a shitload of albums, EP’s, seven-inches and all kinds of weird and hard to find stuff, King Shit and the Golden Boys have finally crafted an album that has been deemed worthy of a salty salute goodbye. Robert Pollard (the driving force behind GBV) has decided to call it quits after touring behind “Half Smiles Of The Decomposed”, though we can definitely expect new music from the Fading Captain himself as a solo artist in the years to come. Like every GBV album, the songwriting is strong and prolific, the melodies and guitars vary from punk rock, to chiming 60’s pop, and for added effect, “Half Smiles Of The Decomposed” has an extra tinge of that low-fi sound that first made Guided By Voices pioneers in the world of what has now become shit-town indie-rock USA. Returning to record several tracks on the album is former GBV guitarist Tobin Sprout. The album is a trademark Guided By Voices recording very fitting of a swan song. Highlights from the record are the no frills anxiety attack, “Sleep Over Jack” the jangling pop of “Girls Of Wild Strawberries” and the sonic closer, “Huffman Prairie Flying Field”. It doesn’t seem like this is the final album from GBV – but that may just be the numbing effect from the copious amount of drugs I’ve ingested since learning of the bands plans to call it quits. With a 25-date tour ensuing in the fall, graciously entitled “The Electrifying Conclusion Tour” I seriously encourage anyone who hasn’t seen GBV live to purchase their tickets well ahead of schedule. It’s a motherfucking sad-ass thing, but what can be done? Enjoy and rejoice you sons of bitches! God bless the pine club!