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Robert Pollard:: From a compound eye (Album Review)

For his first post-Guided by Voices solo recording, Robert Pollard has returned to his suitcases of cassette tapes and whipped a selection of the hundreds of forgotten song fragments dating back to the late 70s into the marvellously varied and surprisingly listenable 26-track double-album-length From A Compound Eye (out Tuesday). Anyone expecting a half-arsed Fading Captain Series mess from the one-man song factory will be shocked by the atypically resolved and refined state of much of this material, which ranges from sweet pop ballads to fired-up freakbeat, with regular excursions into prog and psych weirdness. It should be noted that From A Compound Eye was recorded in 2004, so it’s likely Pollard has two or three new discs ready to go by now, but GBV fans should definitely check this one out – there’s a lot to like.
(Tim Perlich)