Robert Pollard - Waved Out (1998)


The very idea of a Robert Pollard solo album is a bit bizarre, considering that he is the sole artistic force in Guided by Voices and is able to explore all of his ideas within that context. That, of course, doesn't make his solo records any less enjoyable -- it's just a little puzzling why he feels the need to bother distinguishing them from GbV albums -- especially since past and present members of the group appear on his records. Also, Pollard solo albums suffer from the GbV raggedness that is initially appealing but ultimately frustrating -- it's hard to pay attention once the endless, fragmented, British Invasion-inspired tunes begin to pile up. Waved Out suffers from all these flaws, but it also has some key moments of inspiration with gems like "Make Use", "Subspace Biographies", "Wrinkled Ghost" (recorded with long time partner Tobin Sprout) and the brief but memorable title track.

5 comments:

decrepittapes said...

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rickets said...

thanks for this...i'd never heard any solo Bob before, i didn't really know where to start, but this album is really good. i think it's better than 'Half Smiles...', and Subspace Biographies has just become my favourite Pollardtune.

great blogbu

rickets said...

meant to say 'great blog', not sure what a 'blogbu' is!

Novemberer said...

Good. Not as good as Not In My Airforce. But still REALLY good!

steve said...

There are few things that are as good as Not In My Airforce