The Bears for Lunch - Guided by Voices
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  • Summary: This is the third release in 2012 for the Robert Pollard-led band that boasts the original lineup that played together between 1992 and 1996.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
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  1. Overall, The Bears For Lunch is an great record, however those extra unnecessary tracks weigh it down at points and prevent it from being excellent.
  2. Nov 13, 2012
    80
    The Bears for Lunch surprises from quick song to quick song (even though we know this trick well now) and maintains an overall cohesion and distinct mood.
  3. Nov 12, 2012
    73
    The Bears for Lunch, however, is the most consistent of this year's trifecta. It may not boast an instant, indeliable earworm like Class Clown's "Keep It Motion" or Factory's "Doughnut for a Snowman", but there are no buzzkill duds like "The Big Hat and Toy Show" either.
  4. Nov 12, 2012
    70
    [A] completely respectable collections of tunes from a well-oiled machine, but falling short of the almost accidental brilliance of their best work.
  5. 70
    Whether there's enough energy, fraternity and songs left in the GBV tank to warrant more new material on top of this year's LP trilogy remains to be heard but this solidly-built long-player successfully marks the end of an unquestionably enjoyable and productive year in the band's admirably contrarian career.
  6. Nov 12, 2012
    70
    The Bears for Lunch is a far more solid affair than Let's Go Eat the Factory, balancing Pollard's Who-like aggression and Kinks-like whimsy in punchy, melodically memorable songs.
  7. Nov 12, 2012
    60
    The Bears for Lunch is business as usual: more songs about airplanes and beer, as David Byrne would say.

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  1. Nov 14, 2012
    10
    I have had the pleasure of listening to the latest Guided By Voices "The Bears For Lunch" album for a couple of weeks now and all I canI have had the pleasure of listening to the latest Guided By Voices "The Bears For Lunch" album for a couple of weeks now and all I can recommend you do is go out and buy this album. A modern day classic. Collapse