Under The Bushes Under The Stars

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3 Cut-Out Witch 3:22 $1.49 Buy
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5 The Official Ironmen Rally Song 3:05 $1.49 Buy
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9 Lord Of Overstock 2:51 $1.49 Buy
10 Your Name Is Wild 2:19 $1.49 Buy
11 Ghosts Of A Different Dream 2:47 $1.49 Buy
12 Acorns & Orioles 2:30 $1.49 Buy
13 Look At Them 2:44 $1.49 Buy
14 The Perfect Life 1:17 $1.49 Buy
15 Underwater Explosions 2:20 $1.49 Buy
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18 Office Of Hearts 2:23 $1.49 Buy
19 Big Boring Wedding 4:00 $1.49 Buy
20 It's Like Soul Man 2:27 $1.49 Buy
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22 Sheetkickers 3:35 $1.49 Buy
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24 Take To The Sky 2:07 $1.49 Buy

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Pestered by complaints that they were wasting perfect hooks by not bothering to finish them, lo-fi pop avatars Guided By Voices set out to prove they could make a proper pop album if they really wanted to. Then they ditched it like just another melody line in Robert Pollard's overly fertile head. On the way to releasing this, their ninth album, the band tossed out most of a set of songs recorded with uber-producer Steve Albini and with Kim Deal of the Breeders, and replaced them with some random pop matter written and recorded on the fly after they were supposed to be done.

Lo-fi and whimsical they remain, but much of the original pop ambition for UNDER THE BUSHES can be heard on the final product; it's easily the band's most accessible album. Verses and choruses repeat up to three times, songs clock in over three minutes, and someone plays a piano--by GBV standards, this is perfectly baroque. But among the rush of power-pop hooks and new-wave touches, there is also an anti-pop undercurrent. The gorgeous acoustic tone of "Acorns & Orioles," for example, is invaded by a howling noise that continues, unabated, through the next two tracks as well. What remains in the end, in the power-pop drive of "Your Name Is Wild" and the skittering guitar wallop of "Man Called Aerodynamics," is the one thing GBV couldn't ditch if they wanted to: hooks galore.

...Songs so undeniably strong that most bands would pump them up into epic show-stoppers are tossed off as if they were stoned doodles. The result is a crazed, catchy and enjoyably frustrating experience... - NME