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68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Suitcase 2 is a necessity for the hardcore Guided by Voices fan.
  2. Pollard’s imagistic lyrics and ragged musicality create a bridge between the mundane and the exceptional.
  3. As you've come to expect, a small amount of the material sounds utterly fantastic and there's a solid chunk that's barely audible, but whether it's delivered with a coating of fuzz or a liberal gloss of studio sheen, Pollard's gumdrop melodies and fantastical lyrical phrasing keep us coming back for more.
  4. The box is scattered, as expected, but the songs collected go a long way to indicate that, contrary to popular belief, Pollard has a measure of control over his songwriting.
  5. The amazing thing is not that there are still so many unreleased tunes in the solo Pollard/ GBV vaults, but how engaging this stuff is despite fidelity that at times is atrocious.
  6. Suitcase 2 does exactly what it sets out to do, documenting the incredible breadth of Bob Pollard’s songwriting.
  7. 60
    Best savoured as a whole, a magical mystery of Pollard's pop-obsessed, haphazardly-filed subconscious. [Feb 2006, p.107]
  8. 60
    A fascinating document... Only select morsels, though... will make your GBV mix tape. [Jan 2006, p.120]
  9. While it's often an absorbing listen, it's hard to fathom this appealing to anyone but the terminally obsessed.
  10. If you're not a rabid fan... these too-coy-for-comfort exercises in lo-fi songcraft will likely leave you mulling the differences between profundity and fecundity. [11 Nov 2005, p.68]

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