ALBUM REVIEW: GUIDED BY VOICES – PLEASE BE HONEST

GBV

Background
Guided by Voices (GBV) is an American indie rock band originating from Dayton, Ohio. Formed in the 80s, the band has made frequent personnel changes but has always maintained the presence of principal songwriter, vocalist Robert Pollard. GBV has disbanded & reunited twice in the last six years. However, for this new album, Pollard played every instrument – the first time that this has happened in the band’s history.

Strengths
If you are a fan of GBV/Pollard, then Please Be Honest contains all the standard hallmarks of a GBV album viz. short songs (typically less than 3 minutes), intriguing songwriting, obtuse lyrics & performances anchored on 80s alternative rock trappings. No more, no less.

Highlights
“Kid on a Ladder”, “Glittering Parliaments”, “The Caterpillar Workforce”, “The Quickers Arrive”.

Sounds Like
GBV! Meaning: The Who, R.E.M.

Bottom Line
If eccentric lofi rock music is your thing, then you are probably a GBV fan already and will appreciate Please Be Honest on its own terms.

Information
Official Website: www.gbv.com

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