Boston Spaceships, 'Let It Beard' (Guided By Voices Inc.)

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Let It Beard
Critical Mass
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Label: Guided By Voices Inc.

by Mikael Wood

Now that Guided by Voices are back in (some kind of) business, will Robert Pollard finally shelve his numerous side projects? The latest from Boston Spaceships -- the singer's typically disheveled power-pop trio with ex-GBV bassist Chris Slusarenko and drummer John Moen of the Decemberists -- suggests so. As always with Pollard, there are flashes of retro-rock quality here, such as "Chevy Marigold,"a Stonesy white-soul ramble with wailing female backing vocals. But to call some of these 26(!) word-and-riff bombs unfinished would be charitable; a few even seem unwanted.

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