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Classic Album Review: Robert Pollard | Kid Marine

The GBV leader's solo set has everything you expect — and a few things you don't.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


As prolific artists go, Guided By Voices’ mouthpiece Robert Pollard makes Jad Fair look like a slackass.

Barely half a year after his last solo set — and just months before his band’s major-label debut — Pollard has delivered yet another batch of garage-rock gems. All the touchstones are in place: The British-invasion accent and vibe, the wigged-out lyrics, the lo-fi hiss. But as he metamorphoses from indie-rock god to full-fledged rock star, Pollard is also evolving as a songwriter, eschewing his trademark song snippets and experimental weirdness for focused, fully formed songs. At this rate, his next album — heck, he’s probably already knocked one off over the weekend — should be magical.