Guided by Voices -- Alien Lanes


Written for the Village Voice 1995 Pazz & Jop Poll

As an indication of how weird things are right now, the backlash set in on GBV before their sales broke the 100,000 mark. It was probably the box set, which, in retrospect, was a much better idea on paper, and showed that their inspiration has been relatively recent, to say the least. And when I saw them live, I was impressed how tight they could be while Robert Pollard downed beer after beer. He even remembered all of the words, which, no, still don't make any sense, even though Alien Lanes is his most consistent set of melodies to date. Lets see what happens when low-fi 'tude meets real production values next year.

--Jim Connelly

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