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  • Summary: The latest release from the Robert Pollard-led band features a new line-up that includes new members Bobby Bare Jr. and Mark Shue.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
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  1. Apr 6, 2017
    80
    This is Guided by Voices sounding free and wild, and it's ultimately more satisfying than any of the "classic lineup" GbV reunion efforts that appeared between 2012 and 2014.
  2. Uncut
    Apr 6, 2017
    80
    It's Pollard in excelsis. [May 2017, p.32]
  3. Apr 12, 2017
    80
    August By Cake is Robert Pollard's 100th album, and a double album to boot. Not only that but a great double album.
  4. Apr 7, 2017
    70
    As scattered as August by Cake sometimes feels, its openness is also fertile ground for the different sides of Pollard’s music.
  5. Q Magazine
    Apr 12, 2017
    60
    A daunting 32 tracks and some typically uneven quality control. However, there's a renewed freshness here. [Jun 2017, p.106]
  6. Apr 12, 2017
    60
    Pollard hasn’t delivered an all-enticing album in a while, and with all of its hidden gems, August By Cake suffers from having too many songs that just aren’t fulfilling enough.
  7. Mojo
    Apr 6, 2017
    40
    Too much of this double album plods. [May 2017, p.98]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 11, 2017
    10
    great album, full of memorable hooks but very complex and covering many styles. Pollard's still at it and wisely leads this collective ofgreat album, full of memorable hooks but very complex and covering many styles. Pollard's still at it and wisely leads this collective of creative r'n'r workers Expand
  2. Apr 8, 2017
    10
    Fantastic double album from the mighty Guided By Voices. 100th album by Robert Pollard and one of his best. Varied. Interesting. Poppy.Fantastic double album from the mighty Guided By Voices. 100th album by Robert Pollard and one of his best. Varied. Interesting. Poppy. Challenging. Rocky. Essential. Expand
  3. Apr 6, 2018
    7
    A decent album, with some great tracks with some filler. This album has a good variety of tracks between each of the members in differentA decent album, with some great tracks with some filler. This album has a good variety of tracks between each of the members in different styles and themes, which can be a rarity within this GBV line-up. With this being Pollard's first double album, their can be tracks expected to be hit and miss in accordance with Pollard's quantity over quality rule, but this is definately one of the most interesting releases from the band for a while. Expand