Motivational Jumpsuit

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  • Summary: The fifth release since the Robert Pollard-led band reformed in 2010 is its first without drummer Kevin Fennell.
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  • Record Label: GBV Inc.
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Feb 14, 2014
    90
    Motivational Jumpsuit, the band's fifth studio album since the band's recent reformation finds the band continuing to the mix of psychedelia, garage-rock, post-punk and pop that they've perfected over time.
  2. Feb 12, 2014
    80
    Each listen reveals moments easily missed the first time around, and they become the moments where Pollard’s underappreciated genius shines brightest.
  3. Feb 18, 2014
    80
    Rushing by with a distinct sense of economy in less than 40 minutes and heavy on counterpoint between Pollard's robust fantasy rock and Sprout's careful sentimentality, Motivational Jumpsuit is easily the most satisfying full-length of GbV's reunited, overproductive 2010s phase.
  4. Feb 19, 2014
    73
    Even as Motivational Jumpsuit faithfully approximates the grainy fidelity and 60-second dosages of Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes, it can’t maintain the same dizzying standards of pop euphoria throughout.
  5. 70
    Anglocentrically and have eternally teenage garage production values. In other words, a GBV record that sounds like everything GBV fans love about GBV.
  6. Feb 18, 2014
    70
    Motivational Jumpsuit never lets a moment overstay its welcome, which is what makes the whole such a pleasure to listen to.
  7. Feb 18, 2014
    58
    It’s difficult to find any song on Motivational Jumpsuit that GBV lifers can place among the group’s most accomplished work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Feb 24, 2014
    10
    their best since Alien Lanes, masterfully conceived and played. After two or three listens you realize this is the last epic rock and rolltheir best since Alien Lanes, masterfully conceived and played. After two or three listens you realize this is the last epic rock and roll band possible, in the littlest league possible. If only they would be coming to Europe.... Expand
  2. Apr 7, 2014
    9
    After two listens I am deeply deeply satisfied. There´s so much here to enjoy and I feel I have only scratched the surface. Here´s to the bestAfter two listens I am deeply deeply satisfied. There´s so much here to enjoy and I feel I have only scratched the surface. Here´s to the best rock band in the world! Watch them jump start forever! Expand
  3. Nov 27, 2014
    7
    The same good points and the same bad points has many of the bands other releases. An abundance of hooks and ideas but these are onlyThe same good points and the same bad points has many of the bands other releases. An abundance of hooks and ideas but these are only occasionally developed into anything substantial. As a listener, this can get quite frustrating and its easy to accuse the band of laziness, despite their trojan work ethic in terms of output, it would be nice if they stuck at an idea long enough to get past the 2 minute mark. Also, "Motivational Jump Suits" lacks the magic of their previous work and for me even lacks the catchiness of their most recent offerings. Nothing bad on the album and consistently decent but not enough stand out moments. Expand