Jack Sells the Cow - Robert Pollard
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  • Summary: This is the second solo album of 2012 for Guided by Voices frontman.
  • Record Label: Guided by Voices
  • Genre(s): Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Indie Pop
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 26, 2012
    70
    The fuzz of "Fighting the Smoke" and blend of twang and sincerity on "Red Rubber Army" prove that he's not going to run out of great ideas any time soon.
  2. Oct 30, 2012
    70
    This is another satisfying and remarkably fresh set of tunes from Robert Pollard.
  3. Oct 29, 2012
    50
    There are some very good moments... but much of the album is given over to plodding, slightly aimless guitar anthems like "Fighting the Smoke" and "The March of Merrillville". There are good songs here individually, but taken together it's all a bit indigestible.
  4. Oct 30, 2012
    50
    While there are still some bright pop moments and interestingly demented freakouts like "Who's Running My Ranch," the album as a whole feels more hollow than even Pollard's sometimes tossed-off song fragments.
  5. 40
    It's impossible for any Pollard release, solo or otherwise, to go too long without delivering something memorable, but he comes close to blowing it here.
  6. Dec 4, 2012
    40
    Opening slog, "Heaven Is A Gated Community" plods hopelessly beneath its titular destination, setting the pace for a record-long limp. [No. 93, p.57]
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