Guided By Voices

How Do You Spell Heaven

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Guided By Voices is on a roll. One could argue that GBV is never not on a roll, that Robert Pollard’s output plows past the word “prolific” like prolific is standing still in a snowbank; and that’s true, but this new version of the band (Doug Gillard, Bobby Bare Jr, Mark Shue, Kevin March) has given Pollard new tools to complement his song-hammer. Thus, ergo, quod erat demonstrandum: roll.

Hot on the heels of the smothered-in-plaudits double album August By Cake comes this hot and heavy fifteen-tune long player, a melody-dense thwack to the earholes that will both energize and deplete your body of its remaining music-appreciation enzymes. Recorded by the band in New York, and by Pollard in Ohio, How Do You Spell Heaven capitalizes on the current incarnation’s tour-buffed shine without sacrificing eternal verities such as but not limited to: off-kilter rhythmic jolts; krazy chords; purposefully imperfect harmonies; and fragmented structures that start and stop on a coin of small denomination and go somewhere else, and quickly.

There’s more, much more—the easiest, laziest way to sum up this latest album is the most obvious: How do you spell heaven? Shout it from the rafters: G-B-V!

Guided By Voices: How Do You Spell Heaven

The Birthday Democrats Guided By Voices 2' 00''
King 007 Guided By Voices 1' 07''
Boy W Guided By Voices 1' 16''
Steppenwolf Mausoleum Guided By Voices 2' 00''
Cretinous Number Ones Guided By Voices 53''
They Fall Silent Guided By Voices 26''
Diver Dan Guided By Voices 1' 01''
How To Murder A Man (In 3 Acts) Guided By Voices 1' 19''
Pearly Gates Smoke Machine Guided By Voices 2' 00''
Tenth Century Guided By Voices 1' 17''
How Do You Spell Heaven Guided By Voices 57''
Paper Cutz Guided By Voices 1' 17''
Low Flying Perfection Guided By Voices 1' 18''
Nothing Gets You Real Guided By Voices 1' 12''
Just To Show You Guided By Voices 1' 08''

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