From A Compound Eye - Robert Pollard

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. It doesn't sound substantially different from what Pollard has done before... but the record cycles through Pollard's disparate influences in songs as charged-up and fully realized as anything he's delivered in maybe a decade.
  2. From a Compound Eye winds up standing apart from the pack of Pollard projects even if it doesn't stand that far apart.
  3. FaCE manages to be new, fresh and experimental while still retaining the listenability of much of Pollard’s seemingly never-ending canon.
  4. 83
    Twisted, quirky pop gems. [Feb 2006, p.86]
  5. Whether it’s the end of an era, the beginning of a new one, or just a lucky break in what looks to be a still-incessant deluge of output, From a Compound Eye bypasses the earlier seven LPs-plus released in his name to mark the emergence of Robert Pollard as a solo artist proper.
  6. What it lacks in instant appeal it makes up for on repeated listens as the hidden gems shine through, and whilst the different styles it adopts can make From A Compound Eye feel slightly untidy and overstocked on occasion, the ambition and craftsmanship present makes warming to it hard to resist.
  7. GBV fans should definitely check this one out – there's a lot to like.
  8. From a Compound Eye sounds very similar to classic Guided by Voices.
  9. A lovable slog peppered with a few mini-classics. [27 Jan 2006, p.85]
  10. The most fascinating Bob-project in years.
  11. The album is more a collage of ideas than anything else. But that is exactly what you would expect from Pollard. And just what you would want. [#12, p.92]
  12. 70
    His sheer enthusiasm and peerless pop nous are enough to carry things along. [Jan 2006, p.124]
  13. What you will get with From A Compound Eye is your typical gourmet spread of Pollard delicacies from the modern eras of Bob.
  14. In both material and performance, From a Compound Eye quickly reveals itself to be classic Pollard.
  15. Unsurprisingly, the track list is all over the map, stylistically, technologically and qualitatively.
  16. 60
    As ever: endlessly clever, utterly inessential. [Feb 2006, p.81]
  17. 60
    As double albums go, it's a hell of an EP. [Mar 2006, p.114]
  18. Pollard's ear for a pop hook remains unswerving. [Mar 2006, p.109]
  19. Contains all the usual suspects: a few great songs, a few throwaways, a bunch of head-scratching song titles and indie rock's best take on the Who. [Mar 2006, p.124]
  20. Entrenched fans will be pleased to have another wing to explore in his ever-expanding mansion of song. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.110]
  21. "Compound Eye" is difficult as a complete listen but works well in smaller chunks. [28 Jan 2006]
  22. An abundance of morose, meandering material in search of a hook.
  23. That Eye is neither great nor terrible and often very good can be attributed to one part talent and two parts luck. But the fact remains that Pollard is far too willing to leave all the heavy lifting to the listeners.
  24. While Pollard's nothing if not prolific, if ever he needed an editor to cut some passages and refocus others, it's here on From a Compound Eye.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. aaron
    May 5, 2006
    great album, although i would strongly reccommend the "fiction man" album first, if you havent heard it... same production style, but that album is built more around immediately gratifying hooks. this one will definitely take a bit longer to sink in, not just because its a 70+ minute disc, but most of the songs themselves are pretty strange... for various reasons: production, more mid-song change-ups, more complex hooks...etc.etc.etc. Full Review »
  2. BrianM
    Feb 20, 2006
    7.5 really. Like most of Pollard's albums, this one will take some time to digest, and even then, not all of the hidden gems will be evident until many months or years later. That's the general feeling I get from the album. With every spin, I find something else to appreciate. It's not a masterpiece, but one of his strongest solo albums. The only downside is the legnth of the album. Full Review »
  3. JohnL
    Feb 20, 2006
    Created from cold corpse and surgeon...American Superdream Wow!