Let's Go Eat the Factory - Guided by Voices

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Jan 17, 2012
    As is the case with most Pollard releases, it's hard to pick a best moment, because catchy new favorites pop out with each successive listen, timed to explode in incremental bursts.
  2. Jan 3, 2012
    Although the album could fall short of hardcore fans' expectations, it's a fairly accessible introduction to the band.
  3. 83
    Let's Go Eat the Factory seats shining riffsters alongside hypnotically inscrutable interludes, though much of it sounds more belabored and less beer-soaked than those of yore.
  4. Jan 3, 2012
    Factory finds the band falling into old, glorious habits.
  5. Jan 31, 2012
    A cache of hissy, vivid, occasionally creepy but mostly sweetly touching brain pop that stands proudly alongside GBV's ragged former glories. [Feb 2012, p.97]
  6. 80
    It's Guided By Voices' finest work since 2001's 'Isolation Drills'
  7. Jan 12, 2012
    Exhilarating, a kaleidoscopic burst of ideas and passion and absurdity.
  8. Jan 12, 2012
    Through and through, fans will be happy to see their former drinking buddies up to their old antics.
  9. Jan 10, 2012
    Their 16th album proves that while Guided by Voices' songs are legion, their gifts remain singular.[Feb. 2012 p. 109]
  10. Jan 10, 2012
    [A] lovable shamble of a rock record.
  11. Jan 6, 2012
    Let's Go Eat The Factory proves that the pioneers of lo-fi still do it best.
  12. Jan 4, 2012
    Let's Go Eat the Factory unfolds with each successive listen.
  13. Jan 3, 2012
    The 21 songs here are no more or less inscrutable than the hundreds of tunes Pollard has penned since he last played with this band, but they gel in ways that so many of those didn't, reveling in their limitations rather than trying to overcome them. It's the difference between the White Stripes and the Raconteurs.
  14. 80
    Factory may not be Guided by Voices at its very best, but it's certainly Guided by Voices at its, well, Guided-by-Voiciest.
  15. Jan 5, 2012
    This time the hits outweigh the misses.
  16. Mar 9, 2012
    This is the very best kind of post-reunion album, the one that allows you to rediscover things you'd forgotten about a band you always loved.
  17. Jan 17, 2012
    It shouldn't work at all, but the overall product--while a bit uneven--is something to celebrate.
  18. Jan 17, 2012
    Let's Go Eat the Factory is hardly a triumph, but it's a step in the right direction for Pollard, as well as confirmation that this group of friendly reprobates still has some good work left in them.
  19. Jan 17, 2012
    Robert Pollard and Tobin Sprout toss off minute-long power-pop goofs that make intermittent blasts of real-rock transcendence... feel all the more striking.
  20. 70
    As reunion records go this is certainly no lazy phoned-in companion to more lucrative live shows, as it captures promising movements forward as opposed to just fumbled nostalgic flashbacks.
  21. Jan 5, 2012
    It feels like a resurfacing, like a promise, and it's a grand closer for this classically GBV (collection) album.
  22. Jan 5, 2012
    Some come-backs are fraught with danger, both commercial and artistic. This one is entirely justified.
  23. 70
    Mr. Sprout's songwriting helps raise the average. Guided by Voices has a reputation to uphold, and much of the time it does.
  24. Jan 4, 2012
    Spotty, strange, all short songs and shitty sound, it's got the collagist careen of Bee Thousand and Propeller and the tumbling tunecraft of Alien Lanes and Under the Bushes Under the Stars.
  25. Jan 10, 2012
    Factory doesn't entirely squander the goodwill built up by their recent excellent reunion tour, but it's not significantly better than the standard Pollard solo album of the last decade.
  26. As a whole, the album's sound suggests that of a band on auto-pilot, one that's not so much invested in recording new material as it is in simply going through the motions of recording new material.
  27. 60
    The 16th GBV album is business as usual: plangent garage rock.
  28. Jan 12, 2012
    While it fails to match their previous hit quotient, it's still a decent listen.
  29. Jan 12, 2012
    Everything about this album feels "classic", but in the end the material itself is merely solid.
  30. Jan 12, 2012
    Repeated listens to Let's Go Eat the Factory reveal a paucity of the pithy lyric and classic riff on which he's [Pollard] built a deserved reputation.
  31. Jan 9, 2012
    Let's Go eat A factory is not a brilliant album and of itself, but it does cast guided By Voices in a slightly different light. [Feb 2012, p.95]
  32. 60
    Just enough titbits of melody... to sustain interest.
  33. Jan 20, 2012
    For every full colour oil on canvas there are two doodles that fail to engage this sympathetic listener even after five or six plays.
  34. Jan 6, 2012
    Let's Go Eat the Factory works as an offering to those obsessive enough to be satisfied just to see Sprout and Pollard up on the same stage and little else.
  35. Jan 3, 2012
    It's just a sludgy, grumpy record from a band who once knew pop music needed whimsy.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 25, 2012
    Pollard + Sprout = perfection. A fine set of tender matapshysical ditties mixed with powerful rock anthems. A record which fills the gap between the Who at their best (circa 1968-1973) and the most shadowy kiwi rock. More and more complex at every new listen. Welcome back GBV, we missed you a lot... Full Review »
  2. Jan 20, 2012
    A very, very good GBV album. If not a classic, it's very close. Fans won't be disappointed. I've listened to it like 15 times and I have to say it gets better with every listen. It's GBV to the core with the Sprout songs giving it that extra ass kick. Welcome back boys, you've been sorely missed. I'm looking forward to next album in a few months! The Club is Re-Opened and I'll be taking my usually spot right up front. Cheers. Full Review »
  3. Jan 19, 2012
    A very lo-fi affair, but a solid journey without. Not a lot of highs or lows, just really solid songwriting and well tuned guitars to back it up. A must buy for lazy-day music listeners. Full Review »