Earthquake Glue - Guided by Voices
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  • Summary: The ever-prolific Robert Pollard returns with a brand-new GbV studio disc (the 15th or so since 1987), retaining the core group of musicians that has been with him for the last few albums.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 100
    Their best album since 1996's brilliant Under the Bushes, Under the Stars.
  2. While it delivers the triumphant rock 'n' roll thrills and oddball incantations promised by the GBV "brand", the most surprising thing about Earthquake Glue is that, at a point in his career when his inventiveness really should be waning (along with his libido and his prostate), Robert Pollard's creative spark seems brighter than ever.
  3. 90
    Aside from a few fleeting moments of watery prog and lumpen rock, the album's 15 songs have a slow-growing charm and understated grace, something that gradually becomes powerful in its own right. [#60, p.102]
  4. The band functions as a unit, informing the songs with a structure and a fully realized design that has sometimes been lacking in past albums.
  5. The songs are getting samey. [Sep 2003, p.102]
  6. Pollard has evolved into college-rock comfort food of little consequence. [#5, p.106]
  7. 46
    The best song is track 13, "Apology in Advance." It is still not that good. [#6, p.86]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. bellet
    Mar 13, 2004
    10
    great
  2. SteveB
    Aug 28, 2003
    10
    great album
  3. TravisF
    Aug 20, 2003
    10
    More brilliant with each listen
  4. AllergicReaction
    Sep 26, 2003
    10
    Fantastic. Just below the stuff from Propeller through Mag Earwig, but still a 10. Great stuff.
  5. BrianM.
    Aug 30, 2003
    8
    Pretty solid album from start to finish. It has a nice sound to it and the production compliments the songs. If you like Isolation Drills or Universal Truths and Cycles, then you'll be in for a treat. Collapse
  6. [Anonymous]
    Aug 19, 2003
    7
    Sonically this is closest to Isolation Drills; the songwriting reminds me most of frontman Pollard's late-90s solo work. The album has a handful of immediately accessible tracks, but overall it seems fractured and directionless on first listen. Many of the songs cohere & reveal their charms with time and patience. "The Best of Jill Hives" is up with the band's best work. Expand
  7. Nov 18, 2012
    1
    It pains me to say, being that Robert Pollard is one of my favorite songwriters, that this is the weakest album in the Guided By Voices and Robert Pollard solo canon. Apart from the stellar Best of Jill Hives, there are but only a handful of melodies that are memorable and most of the album is buried under thick, compressed, muddy production. I recognize that a lot of critics and fans alike have overwhelmingly praised the album, however it continually disappoints whenever I give it a spin. Expand