Guided by Voices

Get Out of My Stations

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The vast majority of great GBV releases, whether they be full-lengths or singles, are notable for at least one or two classic Robert Pollard pop anthems -- the kind of instantly memorable, undeniably rousing crowd-pleasers he writes with a frequency and proficiency unmatched by any of his contemporaries. Get Out of My Stations is the exception: an abrasive, experimental outing (befitting its release on the abrasive, experimental Siltbreeze label), its seven songs favor minor-key melodies, musique-concrete sound effects and fragmented arrangements, yet unlike GBV's more misguided leaps of faith, the music here is consistently compelling and listenable. While the McCartney-esque "Melted Pat" is the closest thing to a conventional Pollard composition, the clear highlight is the opening "Scalding Creek," an impressively weird stab at penning a campfire folk ballad.

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