ARTIST: Guided by Voices
TITLE: Under the Bushes, Under the Stars
YEAR RELEASED: 1996
CHART ACTION: #19 Heatseekers
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Cut-Out Witch, The Official Ironmen Rally Song, Your Name Is Wild.
LINEUP: Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Kevin Fennell
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The “classic” lineup runs out of steam.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Robert Pollard will always write songs, and record songs. For several years, his nuggets of tuneage were enough to sustain several albums by Guided By Voices, but finally they hit a snag.
This second record for Matador had some gems, but you can sense the band was tiring and Pollard’s muse wasn’t as strong as it once was. Matador records even compounded the problem by adding on extra tracks at the end that really bloats up the album more than usual for GBV standards.
It’s not bad as a whole and some good cuts are there, but soon Pollard would regroup GBV in a totally different direction. That was probably a wise decision.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This is the first record that they recorded ‘professionally”, and it took several sessions and producers to get the tracks laid down.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A couple of bonus tracks.
GRADE: B-: This runs out of steam at the end, just like the band.