Guided by Voices

Hold on Hope

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Indie-rock superstars Guided by Voices could possible be the only band who could get away with releasing a nine-song EP. But as a CD single that provides a minor role in GBV's monstrous discography, Hold on Hope is more of a sampler and B-side compilation. With two tracks taken from their 1999 release of Do the Collapse as well as a handful of outtakes from that same session and a couple of preview songs from their follow-up album, Hold on Hope is more of a special gift for all those who bow down to the Voice. Unfortunately, however, only dedicated fans will be able to appreciate this. With the aforementioned B-sides fulfilling their role as throwaway tracks while their upbeat but second rate indie-rock provides more of a flat pop sound, most of this release is forgettable and monotonous. Disappointing, but their fanatical cult following will eat this up.

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