US - Ohio - Full Moon 99 - 10/28/04
Guided By Voices
Half Smiles of the Decomposed
Don't know how many songs former teacher Robert Pollard has written and recorded over the last
20 years but what I do know is that he should've been given some major award from the principal
at the school of pop. Half Smiles of the Decomposed is the swan-song from Guided By Voices
as Pollard has decided to close down the band, but hopefully Robert Pollard will focus even more
on an ever so creative solo career (a career up and running for years already). Guiding us throughout
a long line of new pop songs. And, yes, just as you Americans very soon are lining up for the polls:
Pollard for President!
Half Smiles of the Decomposed is of course not matching Alien Lanes or Bee
Thousand but it makes me smile, leaving nothing but good feelings and happy thoughts. Far
from being as fuzzy and furry and lo-fi as Guided by Voices albums used to be like, but still holding
that lo-fi feel. A dry-roasted bitter-sweetness. But more sweet than bitter, mind you. With a solid
taste of honey. Listening to GbV makes me feel like Winnie the Pooh with one paw permanently stuck
in the jar. Not able and not wanting to remove it.
As the slogan says: In Bob we trust.
Copyright © 2004 Håvard Oppøyen