Let's Go Eat the Factory - Guided by Voices
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Mar 9, 2012
    70
    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.
  2. Jan 20, 2012
    50
    For every full colour oil on canvas there are two doodles that fail to engage this sympathetic listener even after five or six plays.
  3. 80
    It's Guided By Voices' finest work since 2001's 'Isolation Drills'
  4. Jan 17, 2012
    70
    It shouldn't work at all, but the overall product--while a bit uneven--is something to celebrate.
  5. Jan 17, 2012
    88
    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.
  6. Jan 17, 2012
    70
    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.
  7. 60
    The 16th GBV album is business as usual: plangent garage rock.
  8. Jan 17, 2012
    70
    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.
  9. Jan 12, 2012
    80
    Exhilarating, a kaleidoscopic burst of ideas and passion and absurdity.
  10. Jan 12, 2012
    60
    While it fails to match their previous hit quotient, it's still a decent listen.
  11. Jan 12, 2012
    80
    Through and through, fans will be happy to see their former drinking buddies up to their old antics.
  12. Jan 12, 2012
    60
    Everything about this album feels "classic", but in the end the material itself is merely solid.
  13. Jan 12, 2012
    60
    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.
  14. 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.
  15. Jan 10, 2012
    63
    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.
  16. Jan 10, 2012
    80
    Their 16th album proves that while Guided by Voices' songs are legion, their gifts remain singular.[Feb. 2012 p. 109]
  17. Jan 10, 2012
    80
    [A] lovable shamble of a rock record.
  18. 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.
  19. 60
    Just enough titbits of melody... to sustain interest.
  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 6, 2012
    40
    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.
  22. Jan 6, 2012
    80
    Let's Go Eat The Factory proves that the pioneers of lo-fi still do it best.
  23. Jan 5, 2012
    75
    This time the hits outweigh the misses.
  24. Jan 5, 2012
    70
    It feels like a resurfacing, like a promise, and it's a grand closer for this classically GBV (collection) album.
  25. Jan 5, 2012
    70
    Some come-backs are fraught with danger, both commercial and artistic. This one is entirely justified.
  26. Jan 4, 2012
    80
    Let's Go Eat the Factory unfolds with each successive listen.
  27. Jan 4, 2012
    69
    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.
  28. Jan 3, 2012
    30
    It's just a sludgy, grumpy record from a band who once knew pop music needed whimsy.
  29. Jan 3, 2012
    80
    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.
  30. Jan 3, 2012
    84
    Although the album could fall short of hardcore fans' expectations, it's a fairly accessible introduction to the band.
  31. 70
    Mr. Sprout's songwriting helps raise the average. Guided by Voices has a reputation to uphold, and much of the time it does.
  32. 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.
  33. Jan 3, 2012
    83
    Factory finds the band falling into old, glorious habits.
  34. Jan 31, 2012
    80
    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]
  35. Jan 9, 2012
    60
    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]
User Score
7.7

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
    9
    Pollard + Sprout = perfection. A fine set of tender matapshysical ditties mixed with powerful rock anthems. A record which fills the gapPollard + 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
    9
    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 toA 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
    7
    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 itA 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 »