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5.0 out of 5 stars it's a grower
it must've been about four or five years ago when i first got this album. i recognised the opening track from the buffy the vampire slayer soundtrack. however, i was disappointed when i listened to it. the songs were too short, nondescript, and what the hell is that guy talking about? so i stuffed it on a shelf after listening to it twice and never thought of it...
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK
Like I said above, its OK. When i first got it i thought it was great and listened to it a lot, most days in fact, but the album failed to keep my attention and i got bored with it quite quickly. I know what your thinking, "thats because you listened to it nearly everyday when you first got it" but it isnt that. I am just bored with the album now but that...
Published on 23 Mar 2000


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5.0 out of 5 stars it's a grower, 29 Aug 2006
This review is from: Do the Collapse (Audio CD)
it must've been about four or five years ago when i first got this album. i recognised the opening track from the buffy the vampire slayer soundtrack. however, i was disappointed when i listened to it. the songs were too short, nondescript, and what the hell is that guy talking about? so i stuffed it on a shelf after listening to it twice and never thought of it again.

a few years later, i picked it up and thought 'hey, my musical interests have changed now, maybe it's not so bad'. well, to say the least IT'S AMAZING. every song is a character and all of them will stick in your head all day long. evenually you'll learn to appreciate the riddle-like lyrics and the lack of length. this album contains such gems as 'hold on hope' 'liquid indian' and my personal favourite 'mushroom art', which i must admit is too short for it's own good, but still delivers excellently. all songs are full of feeling, and will bring out the best and worst in you.

so, in a nutshell, buy this album. you can listen to it whatever mood you're in, and you'll find yourself listening to it everyday for the rest of your life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars you just gotta love it!, 2 Mar 2001
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A real grower. At first totally baffling if you are not used to GBV, but very rewarding in the long run. I have listened to this constantly for a year and it STILL feels fresh and makes me warble along.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chunky, catchy rock, 29 Nov 2000
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Having heard so many great things about Guided By Voices I finally stumbled across Do The Collapse in the USA. Foaming with anticipation, I was disappointed to find the album sounded like Foo Fighters or Sugar -- plenty of chunky guitar fuzz and strong tunes, but little variation in the sound. With Ric Ocasek producing, I realised their sound had been streamlined somewhat, but the tunes were incredibly strong and stuck in my head for days.
I've now tracked the album down and my initial disappointment has given way to absolute addiction. This is a cracking rock record. 'Teenage FBI', 'Surgical Focus' and 'Hold On Hope' are impeccable singles, stuffed full of hooks and harmonies. Elsewhere even typically strange GBV song titles such as 'Much Better Mr Buckles' and 'Strumpet Eye' can't disguise the instinctively brilliant songwriting of Robert Pollard.
Not as good a GBV album as some of their earlier stuff, but still worth checking out if you bow down the altar of the pop/rock song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Instant classic from elder statesmen of US alt-rock, 28 Oct 1999
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Indie favourites GBV set their sights firmly on the mainstream with this near-flawless labour of love. With influences mainly rooted in the '60s and '70s, songwriter Robert Pollard somehow manages to make Beatles melodies, Who riffs and prog-rock quirkiness sound as fresh today as the day they were first dreamed up. Songs range from effortlessly catchy rockers ("Surgical Focus"), to beguiling left-field pop ("Wrecking Now"), to lush ballads ("Hold on Hope", "Dragons Awake") - but whether it's sending shivers down your spine or just putting a bloody big grin on your face, it's never less than an exhilirating listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS DISC !, 5 July 2000
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Words fail me as to the lack of breakthrough for this album.I bought this album in Los Angeles when TEENAGE FBI was playing on heavy rotation daytime radio. But still no mainstream success! I had put this band along with other alternative american bands like Girls vs. Boys etc, but what a lovely tuneful surprise this set is . If there is any justice in the world,they would be filling the stadiums..........
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, 23 Mar 2000
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Like I said above, its OK. When i first got it i thought it was great and listened to it a lot, most days in fact, but the album failed to keep my attention and i got bored with it quite quickly. I know what your thinking, "thats because you listened to it nearly everyday when you first got it" but it isnt that. I am just bored with the album now but that doesnt mean to say other people wont like it. If your into indie pop with a little bit of everything in there then you will probably like this. I did to begin with. But not now. Bored now. It's OK.
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