A SUBCONSCIOUS CONCEPT ALBUM ABOUT THE SORRY STATE OF ROCK AND ROLL
Even with the reunion tour of the “Classic Lineup” of Guided by Voices, Robert Pollard somehow found time to release five albums this year under one banner or another, called GBV , solo or Boston Spaceships ( .I have shared a couple here )
On Boston Spaceships featured multi-instrumentalist and former GBV member Chris Slusarenko and Decemberists drummer John Moen. The trio, who first started playing together as a unit in June 2008, have released four other albums and several singles, and now, to most auspicious work to date that Pollard described “concept album about the sorry state of rock and roll” Let It Beard., featuring cameos from Colin Newman from Wire, J. Mascis from Dinosaur Jr., Steve Wynn from The Dream Syndicate, Mick Collins from Dirtbombs and the Gories, Dave Rick from Phantom Tollbooth, and Guided By Voice´s Mitch Mitchell, transformed on a beautiful cacophony of everything from heavy guitars to strings and female soul singers.
I believe that every now and again Robert Pollard works quite a bit harder on one of his records than he does his others.
.So, I’m reluctant to say it, because it will probably sound unbelievable, but here goes: i believe this is his best album of this period …
Boston SpaceShips – Let It Beard
Label: Guided By Voices Inc.
1. Blind 20-20 3:03
2. Juggernaut Vs. Monolith 1:12
3. Tourist U.F.O. 4:18
4. Minefield Searcher 2:17
5. Make A Record For Lo-Life 3:03
6. Let More Light In The House 5:10
7. You Just Can’t Tell 2:01
8. Chevy Marigold 2:19
9. Earmarked For Collision 3:45
10. Toppings Take The Cake 1:09
11. Tabby And Lucy 3:28
12. (I’ll Make It) Strong For You 1:57
13. A Hair In Every Square Inch Of The House 4:46
14. The Ballad Of Bad Whiskey 2:18
15. I Took On The London Guys 2:40
16. Red Bodies 2:53
17. A Dozen Blue Overcoats 1:29
18. Pincushion 1:15
19. Christmas Girl 2:48
20. Let It Beard 4:14
21. The Vicelords 3:27
22. German Field Of Shadows 3:32
23. Speed Bumps 2:17
24. No Steamboats 2:38
25. You In My Prayer 2:30
26. Inspiration Points 5:24
LET IT BEARD – CD $14/LP $22
The new Boston Spaceships double album, Let It Beard, is the most ambitious, varied, sprawling — and yet entirely coherent— record that Robert Pollard has made in his entire career.
Release Date August 2, 2011
DOUBLE LP includes digital download.