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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After Bee Thousand gave Guided By Voices a wider audience, it became evident that Robert Pollard saw himself as more than just the band's songwriter and frontman, and as his career ambitions grew, he became increasingly frustrated with the limitations of his band. Matters came to a head prior to the recording of Mag Earwhig! as Pollard broke ties with longtime guitarist and fellow songwriter Tobin Sprout and fired the rest of the group. While Pollard and Sprout soon buried the hatchet, Sprout opted not to stay on as a full-time member of the group, and Pollard was now Guided By Voices' uncontested leader. He hired Cleveland-based blues/garage rockers Cobra Verde as his ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After Bee Thousand gave Guided By Voices a wider audience, it became evident that Robert Pollard saw himself as more than just the band's songwriter and frontman, and as his career ambitions grew, he became increasingly frustrated with the limitations of his band. Matters came to a head prior to the recording of Mag Earwhig! as Pollard broke ties with longtime guitarist and fellow songwriter Tobin Sprout and fired the rest of the group. While Pollard and Sprout soon buried the hatchet, Sprout opted not to stay on as a full-time member of the group, and Pollard was now Guided By Voices' uncontested leader. He hired Cleveland-based blues/garage rockers Cobra Verde as his backing band for the next GBV album, and Mag Earwhig! sounded a good bit different as a result; while there were a few stray four-track experiments with Sprout scattered about, most of the album had a solid, professional sheen, and Cobra Verde rock harder and sound tighter than any of the lineups Pollard had worked with in the past. Unfortunately, his songwriting wasn't quite up to his usual standards, which the new clarity of this album makes all the more evident. Pollard is incapable of making an album without a few fine songs, and "Bulldog Skin," "Sad If I Lost It," "Not Behind the Fighter Jet," and "Portable Men's Society" certainly fill the bill, but it may well be significant that Mag Earwhig!'s most exciting song, the joyous "I Am a Tree," was written by Cobra Verde's Doug Gillard. While there's plenty to enjoy here, Robert Pollard's next experiment in hi-fi record making, Do the Collapse, would prove to be much more successful.
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  • Release Date: 5/20/1997
  • Label: Matador Records
  • UPC: 744861024125
  • Catalog Number: 10241

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Guided by Voices Primary Artist
Kevin Fennell Drums
Tobin Sprout Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar, Casio
Robert Pollard Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Casio
Jim Pollard Bass, Guitar
Dave Swanson Drums, Maracas, Background Vocals
John Petkovic Synthesizer, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Doug Gillard Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Don Depew Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Johnny Strange Bass
Mitch Mitchell Bass, Guitar
Joe Buben Drums
Chedomir Stanisic Organ
Technical Credits
John Shough Programming, Engineer
Tobin Sprout Engineer
John Croslin Engineer
Don Depew Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A confusing gem

    Before abondoning lo-fi altogether, GbV put out this difficult record. Mixed in with the usual 4-track stuff are a bunch of songs recorded with a brand new band Cleveland's Cobra Verde) and the results are likewise mixed. At it's best it rocks with an intensity never heard from Dayton's favorite son. At its worst it sounds alot like a band in search of a sound, something Ric Ocasek successfully found on 1999's Do the Collapse. Overall, a very good entry to the GbV catalog.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Masterpiece

    I can't say enough about this band and this album. They're incredible on all fronts. Mag Earwhig is the album that started it all for me, though. A friend recommended it to me, and after a few full listens, I was hooked on it and them. Remember, the best characteristic of a great album is that it doesn't quite grab you immediately. It should take time for you to understand; to ''get it''. This plays like an epic, a rock story or opera, in some ways. You would never think that Robert Pollard was 38 or so when he recorded it! This guy is a genius.

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