Vampire on Titus

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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
The home-crafted appeal of Guided by Voices finally reached the general public when Vampire on Titus was released in 1993. The band was on a roll at the time, pumping out creative gems like a band possessed. With one of their very best lineups, they explore the many aspects of their limited production skills without any pretension. Bandleader Robert Pollard found his voice around this time, going from a tuneful yelp to a dark croon effortlessly. And the marvelous Tobin Sprout was still with the band at the time, contributing several memorable songs that mixed up things nicely. Songs float in and out with a tight efficiency that is not typical of many likeminded ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
The home-crafted appeal of Guided by Voices finally reached the general public when Vampire on Titus was released in 1993. The band was on a roll at the time, pumping out creative gems like a band possessed. With one of their very best lineups, they explore the many aspects of their limited production skills without any pretension. Bandleader Robert Pollard found his voice around this time, going from a tuneful yelp to a dark croon effortlessly. And the marvelous Tobin Sprout was still with the band at the time, contributing several memorable songs that mixed up things nicely. Songs float in and out with a tight efficiency that is not typical of many likeminded artists. But without one extra second wasted on a melody, the album's strengths are only made more evident. Pollard's voice had never sounded as dark and anxious as it does on "#2 in the Model Home Series," yet on most tracks he shows an endless optimism that brings to mind Warehouse-era Bob Mould. The beautiful "Marchers in Orange" is where his voice gets its best showcase, wailing away despite the weak production. The band really does display a tremendous amount of power and creativity on this effort, and fans of indie rock should try and find this as soon as possible. Like the Replacements' Hootenanny or Pavement's Slanted & Enchanted, this kicked off a several-album streak of brilliance that went unnoticed by the mainstream but collected quite a following in the underground.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/1996
  • Label: Scat Records
  • UPC: 753417005020
  • Catalog Number: 50
  • Sales rank: 54,208

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Guided by Voices Primary Artist
Tobin Sprout Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Robert Pollard Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Jim Pollard Guitar
Technical Credits
Robert Pollard Composer
Jim Pollard Amplifiers
Jim Shepard Titles
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a very dark record

    Listening to GbV's 6th album is an experience you won't soon forget. This is the only lo-fi entry that I truly wish could be done in a real studio. Some of these songs are SO good, but suffer SO much, particularly by Pollard's insistance on trying to drum. A mistake.Songs like Dusted are among the best he's ever written, but cannot overcome the adversity. (Check out the version of this song on the 1993 EP Fast Japanese Spin Cycle. You'll see). This is Bob's personal favorite. It is not mine.

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