Blazing Gentlemen - Robert Pollard
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Dec 18, 2013
    80
    It certainly stands among his best. [No. 105, p.60]
  2. Dec 18, 2013
    80
    16 lightly fried examples of his gift for surrealist pop/classic rock synthesis. [Jan 2014, p.104]
  3. Dec 9, 2013
    80
    Pollard truly delivers the goods with his album, and he's advised to follow this method more often, since it sure seems to work for him.
  4. 70
    There has never been anything wrong with the oddities that emerge from Bob’s brain, and Blazing Gentlemen simply sees the man operating in as relentlessly fine form as ever.
  5. Dec 9, 2013
    70
    You’d think we’d run out of things to find in Pollard’s music by now, but Blazing Gentlemen assures us that not only is that hunt still on, but it’s also still satisfying.
  6. Jan 7, 2014
    60
    It's just that he has done all this better before. [Jan 2014, p.124]
  7. Dec 17, 2013
    60
    That’s the case overall for Blazing Gentlemen, which too often comes off like a rote exercise instead of an inspired undertaking.
  8. 60
    Blazing Gentlemen (and many of Pollard’s other releases) are less an album than a suite.
  9. Dec 9, 2013
    57
    Gentlemen's about as interesting as middling Pollard records get, but it's middling all the same, a fittingly abnormal end to a most unusual year.
  10. Dec 17, 2013
    50
    There are some enjoyable tunes on here that might appeal to the curious who lost track of Pollard and GBV over the years. But the numerous less riveting, just-a-bit-too derivative, run of the mill rock songs will leave even newcomers with the feeling that they've heard it all before.
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  1. Jan 13, 2014
    7
    A strong solo release from a man who's been on quite a roll since 2010 or so. This doesn't quite reach the heights of Honey Locust Honky Tonk, but continues in the same vein, with more fleshed-out rock songs, and less prog and power-pop, which seems to be the domain of GBV nowadays. 7/10 may not sound great, but five or six 7/10 albums a year from one man (in large part) with a really cool sound is a music fan's dream come true. Full Review »