Under the Bushes Under the Stars

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After firmly establishing themselves as America's most original and interesting band of part-time, over-30 garage rockers, Under the Bushes Under the Stars found Guided by Voices dipping their toes into something resembling professionalism. Leaving behind the homemade studio craft of their previous work, this album was recorded in a pair of actual recording studios, and the sessions boasted an outside producer friend and temporary fellow Ohioan Kim Deal; while no one would mistake the results for the latest Bob Rock project, the set sounded more like a "real" record than anything GBV had attempted up to that time. The new edition of the band attempted to rise to the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After firmly establishing themselves as America's most original and interesting band of part-time, over-30 garage rockers, Under the Bushes Under the Stars found Guided by Voices dipping their toes into something resembling professionalism. Leaving behind the homemade studio craft of their previous work, this album was recorded in a pair of actual recording studios, and the sessions boasted an outside producer friend and temporary fellow Ohioan Kim Deal; while no one would mistake the results for the latest Bob Rock project, the set sounded more like a "real" record than anything GBV had attempted up to that time. The new edition of the band attempted to rise to the occasion, and though the performances lack the passion of Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes' finest moments, the stronger playing and cleaner production honors the pop sensibilities of Robert Pollard's songwriting. Pollard was also reaching for a better controlled style as a songwriter; Under the Bushes Under the Stars boats a mere 18 songs as opposed to the 30 on Alien Lanes, and most sound like full fledged pop tunes, with fewer shards of musical fancy littering the way. While Pollard's tighter reign over the band and new sense of self-control made this album a more solid and consistent album than GBV had made in the past, it's also not as exciting as Alien Lanes; Pollard's songs lack a certain fire here though "Man Called Aerodynamics," "Your Name Is Wild," and "The Official Ironmen Rally Song" sound just fine, and the band sounds more stifled than enthused by their new grasp of the material. There's plenty to enjoy here, but it also appeared to have caught Guided by Voices in a transitional stage; just how much they were changing would be revealed on their next two albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/1996
  • Label: Matador Records
  • UPC: 744861016120
  • Catalog Number: 10161
  • Sales rank: 42,886

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Guided by Voices Primary Artist
Jim O'Rourke Guitar, Track Performer
John Shough Piano
Robert Pollard Vocals
Shelby Bryant Strings
Tripp Lamkins Guitar
Technical Credits
Steve Albini Engineer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Kim Deal Producer
Doug Easley Engineer
Gary King Remixing
Davis McCain Engineer
John Shough Engineer
Mark Ohe Cover Design
Bob Ohe Cover Design
Alan Day Remixing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Under the bushes...

    In my opinion the best gbv record ever, was their absolute hightlight... I heard 'official ironman' on the radio and it took me several times to taste the record and then i liked it and still like it very much. However since 1998, after Kid Marine and Magnificent Earwhig 'the more robert pollard produces, the less interesting it becomes' Greetings, Thijs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GbV's Rubber Soul

    Just as The Beatles struggled to find their sound, Guided by Voices frontman, Robert Pollard, was as well in this well-intentioned 1996 attempt to clean up his act. The songs are good, but only a few really stand out (can you say Cut-out Witch). The performances likewise sound oddly pedestrian for a group that made its name as inspired amateurs putting out frenzied lo-fi pop masterpieces. But it was necessary if these Dayton, Ohio lads were to fulfill their destiny. Bee Thousand can only happen once. The road to Universal Truths and Cycles had to pass through this merky, yet ultimately satisfying, ground.

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