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  • Summary: The latest release from GBV is a continuation of the band's new, more polished sound introduced on 1999's 'Do The Collapse.'
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. From sparse DIY fragments to string-enhanced ballads and well-wrought pop, the material on Isolation Drills is as diverse as it is consistently compelling.
  2. 90
    One of the band's best.... While 1999's Ric Ocasek-produced Do The Collapse was criticized by some for its thick, pop-radio gloss, Isolation Drills shows more restraint, reconciling Pollard's idiosyncrasies with the track-to-track consistency great rock albums demand. [#49, p.75]
  3. The group has created an album filled not only with the timeless pop hooks you have come to expect but with the anthemic swagger that is the hallmark of many of the great rock recordings of the last 30 years.
  4. Yes, it's fun rockin' pop. But, unlike a lot of today's pop music, Guided By Voices keep their depth.
  5. Isolation Drills sounds like the real rock album GBV have always wanted to make...
  6. Ditching lo-fi aesthetics for a more radio-ready sound in the spirit of, say, the Raspberries or Badfinger, Pollard has wisely chosen not bury his songs in oblique lyrical references and muddy tape hiss.
  7. 60
    His Who-tastic riffs remain belligerent and plentiful, but Pollard sounds grimmer, as if the former grade-school teacher suddenly realizes that touring in a van past age 40 isn't as much fun as he expected. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.111]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. DavidJ.
    Nov 29, 2001
    10
    GBV rock. That's all I have to say.
  2. DJB
    Jan 18, 2005
    8
    Critics and fans agree THIS ALBUM ROCKS!!! Naysayers BEWARE: This album/group by comparison is more fresh and alive then practically Critics and fans agree THIS ALBUM ROCKS!!! Naysayers BEWARE: This album/group by comparison is more fresh and alive then practically everything else out there. Long Live GBV!!! R.I.P. Collapse
  3. May 25, 2011
    7
    Isolation Drills was kinda one of those albums we forget about later on, but remembering it again sure is good. some of the songs were boring,Isolation Drills was kinda one of those albums we forget about later on, but remembering it again sure is good. some of the songs were boring, but most of them bring back what we love about GBV. Expand

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