The Crawling Distance - Robert Pollard
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  • Summary: The first of six planned albums from Ex-Guided By Voices singer Robert Pollard (and his other side projects) for 2009.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. The Crawling Distance, Pollard's umpteenth disc since officially going solo in 2004, offers more of what listeners have come to expect.
  2. It’s an album sure to please the long-time fans, but so damn fun and hook-filled that it should find a following in the larger indie rock community. This is an album you can build a career around.
  3. 76
    There are hits and misses as the slower ones take a little longer to catch on, but when the arena-rock sized riffs meet Pollard's mid-fi production, there really isn't anything else you can ask for. [Holiday 2008, p.92]
  4. The Crawling Distance follows the same song and album format laid out in Is Off to Business. [Year End 2008]
  5. 60
    A solo album that sounds like a series of song sketches. [Feb 2009, p.89]
  6. 60
    It features another ten songs of standard Pollard-isms--vaguely British, Robyn Hitchcock–esque vocals warped by reverb and Echoplex mazes; surrealistic, first-thought-next-thought lyrics; sudden loud crunches of lo-fi guitar; and melodies that soar but never quite achieve the permanence of his best work.
  7. Never has that rift between Pollard the songwriter and Tobias the arranger been more transparent-- and more problematic-- than on the formless, often dull The Crawling Distance, a particularly blank batch of Pollard tunes dressed to the nines in Tobias' perfunctory sheen.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3