Guided by Voices

Forever Since Breakfast

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While Bob Pollard has made a name for himself based on his original take on rock & roll, this EP reveals his modest origins as a mid-'80s college rock wannabe. These seven songs that make up the first Guided By Voices release lack the originality and flair that makes later GBV albums great, instead sounding much like an R.E.M. cover band (albeit a very good one) as Bob Pollard does a surprisingly good Michael Stipe. Though once getting past how dated Forever Since Breakfast sounds, it's clear that although Pollard had not yet found his niche, his songwriting talent was present and accounted for. That spectacular talent shines through even on songs drenched with college rock trappings like "Lets Ride" and "She Wants to Know." Oddly enough, Paul Comstock (who plays lead guitar on the album) has a similar style to latter-day GBV axe-man Doug Gillard. This apparent coincidence helps to place this EP in the body of GBV's work; it is closest to the dark Same Place the Fly Got Smashed and Isolation Drills, an album that was made more than a decade after these demos were recorded, proving how the more Pollard tries to change, the more he remains the same.

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