Monday, June 11, 2012

Blatant Doom Trip by Guided by Voices

Bottomless hole - rock and roll

The Same Place The Fly Got Smashed, the fourth studio album from Guided by Voices (GBV), is believed to be a concept album about alcoholism, but it is a continuation of the new sound GBV achieved with their third studio album, Self-Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia. If you listen to GBV from the 1986 EP, Forever Since Breakfast, to their second studio album, Sandbox, you'll hear a band heavily influenced by REM. Self-Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia and The Same Place The Fly Got Smashed have a variety of sounds that are influenced from the British invasion, the post-punk movement, garage rock, and lo-fi rock.

My personal favorite from The Same Place The Fly Got Smashed is 'Blatant Doom Trip', a rock and roll journey that takes one into the world of addiction and hopelessness. Lead singer, Bob Pollard, still shows some REM influence with the Michael Stipe vocals that are hard to decipher at times and the band has put together a rockin' sound that in my opinion blends some Pink Floyd with The Who. Enjoy.

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