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Space City Kicks

Robert Pollard Audio CD

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pop Weirdness and Bliss 20 Jan 2011
By J. Galanek - Published on
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In the midst and hype of a full on Guided by Voices reunion (actually it's wound down, I believe), Pollard slips this one in during the first few weeks of 2011. With the majority of songs under 2 1/2 minutes, this is quite similar to his "Elephant Jokes" in terms of brief tunes. No mini prog epics or longer, slower songs that have cropped up on recent releases. The first track, "Mr Fantastic Must Die" sets the tone quite well...This album is going to have its share of psych weirdness, which Mr. Pollard has normally been reserving for his Circus Devils project. In fact, songs such as "Picture a Star", "Children Ships", "Gone Hoping", appear to be part of the larger Circus Devils catalog in tone and feel. Even among these strange and brief songs, Pollard has managed to infuse tunefulness into the odd structures and lyrics, so that is why the opener, "Mr Fantastic Must Die" works, actually. These psych nuggets are woven into the tapestry of Space City Kick's pop gems - "I Wanna Be Your Man on the Moon", "Blowing Like a Sunspot", "One More Touch", "Something Strawberry", "Stay Away", and "Touch Me in the Right Place At the Right Time" - these are classic Pollard pop songs, and bring us back to an era where his songs didn't linger for long before you were thrown into another minute of pop bliss, or something more darker and foreboding. "Space City Kicks" is a thick crunchy rocker with some sweet power chord heroisms at the tail end, so kudos to Pollard's collaborator, Todd Tobias for adding some truly interesting details to the album. At first listen, this album goes by quite quickly, and in a somewhat confused state. But Mr Pollard is known for being quite particular about sequencing. And if you sit with this record and listen from end to end, it reveals its own strange and sweet logic. This is not a place to begin with Robert Pollard solo career, but if you are an ardent follower of his songwriting, this will satisfy your desire for some new songs until his next release.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prolific Pollard just keeps on keeping on 13 Mar 2011
By Garry Messick - Published on
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It took me a few listens, as is often the case with Bob Pollard, and at first I was even resisting, but eventually I had to surrender to the charms of this, Pollard's zillionth release. His records tend to be subtly different from each other in ways that are often hard to explain. Space City Kicks has a specific sound and atmosphere about it, but I'm at a loss to put it into words. I'll just say that this album is somewhat similar to Elephant Jokes, in that it features mainly short songs and is kind of guitar-heavy, but it's more varied and more consistently tuneful, and it works very well as a whole - as something to be listened to from beginning to end. (Pollard's ear for choosing and sequencing tracks continues to serve him well.) Two or three tracks, such as "Mr. Fantastic Must Die" and "Children Ships" would have fit pretty well on a Circus Devils (Pollard's band with producer Todd Tobias) album. Interestingly, a couple of songs come off as straight-up love songs, which is pretty unusual for Pollard. The new wife must be providing inspiration.
5.0 out of 5 stars never a dull moment 17 Sep 2011
By Trinity - Published on
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If one thing can be said about the solo work of Bob Pollard is that he has been taking time and crafting his songs with experience and genius. Hard to imagine him taking time, considering his abundant body of work and massive out put. But this record alone is a great representation of exactly the kind of song writer that Bob is.
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