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  • Summary: The ex-Guided By Voices singer releases his latest solo outing on his own label.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Pollard has long been in the business of writing songs, but here he seems invigorated; and for the first time in a long while, his business is mixed with pleasure.
  2. Off to Business doesn't break much new ground for Pollard, but what is different is that he's clearly put a great deal more thought and care into this disc than anything he's put out since From a Compound Eye, and the result is an album that sounds like an album rather than the latest bunch of tunes Pollard banged together, and that makes all the difference in the world.
  3. 80
    Pollard fleshes out his vaguely familiar melodies with inventive, unpredictably expansive arrangements. [July 2008, p.108]
  4. Robert Pollard Is Off to Business is a great return to form for Pollard. It has songs just as strong as anything on his Merge releases, but by living in these songs a little longer, this album feels more rooted and permanent than, for example, "Standard Gargoyle Decisions."
  5. 70
    Despite the invocation of those crusty legends [Guided by Voices], Business is no lo-fi throwback.
  6. Although Business ultimately ranks as yet another less-than-legendary offering from a living indie legend, its shortcomings are much more nuanced than typical Pollard releases.
  7. Off to Business--released eponymously by Guided By Voices, Inc.--is the ultimate product of this trend: an album full of ebullient mid-tempo rockers, ebullient pretty guitar parts, and ebullient power drum fills.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. DanJ.
    Jun 25, 2008
    10
    Top to bottom greatness.
  2. BenJ.
    Jun 25, 2008
    9
    Bob continues to follow his muse and produces another record for fans to dig into. There's some fine, fine stuff here and the album Bob continues to follow his muse and produces another record for fans to dig into. There's some fine, fine stuff here and the album works as a tight and cohesive whole. There's a really epic vibe to most of the tracks and Bob voice is in great form. Some of the critical reviews posted here are complete claptrap, shame they have to count in the average score as most serious critical appraisals have recognized this record for what it is. Expand