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  • Summary: This companion to the original 'Suitcase' continues where that box set left off, packing 100 more GBV rareties and outtakes from the now-disbanded group onto four discs.
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  1. Pollard’s imagistic lyrics and ragged musicality create a bridge between the mundane and the exceptional.
  2. Suitcase 2 is a necessity for the hardcore Guided by Voices fan.
  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. Suitcase 2 does exactly what it sets out to do, documenting the incredible breadth of Bob Pollard’s songwriting.
  5. While it's often an absorbing listen, it's hard to fathom this appealing to anyone but the terminally obsessed.
  6. 60
    A fascinating document... Only select morsels, though... will make your GBV mix tape. [Jan 2006, p.120]
  7. 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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