Earthquake Glue

Earthquake Glue

by Guided by Voices


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Earthquake Glue

Nearly 1,000 songs into a "career" (for lack of a better word) marked by more swerves than an iced-over Appalachian road, Guided By Voices majordomo Robert Pollard can still pull sonic surprises out of his hat at will. Earthquake Glue is a bit more polished than the band's last offering, Universal Truths and Cycles, particularly on songs like the keyboard-drenched "I'll Replace You with Machines," where Pollard's fanciful Anglophilia launches him into territory usually occupied only by Jeff Lynne. While there are certainly elements of pomp -- nothing new in the world of GBV -- Earthquake Glue never inflates to the point of bloat: Psychedelic soirées like "My Son, My Secretary and My Country" and "Beat Your Wings" positively ooze Swinging London cool, while "The Best of Jill Hives" finds Pollard in neo-Dylan mode, cryptically lashing out at an object of his disaffection. Guitarists Doug Gillard and Nate Farley weave melodic tapestries that can bewitch (the swirling "My Kind of Soldier") or bewilder (the amped-up "A Trophy Mule in Particular"). Even though the band skip past the three-minute mark on a number of songs -- heresy in days of yore -- Earthquake Glue holds together with as much tenacity as anything in GBV's vast catalogue.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2003
Label: Matador Records
UPC: 0744861057420
catalogNumber: 10574

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guided by Voices   Primary Artist
Tom Byrne   Group Member
Tim Tobias   Group Member
Robert Pollard   Group Member
Kevin March   Group Member
Jim Pollard   Group Member
Doug Gillard   Group Member
Nate Farley   Group Member
Charley Balderson   Group Member
Tony Conley   Group Member
Jim Hamby   Group Member
Bruce Horner   Group Member
Nathan Mosley   Group Member
Scott Ryan   Group Member
Todd Tobias   Keyboards,Noise

Technical Credits

Guided by Voices   Producer
John Shough   Engineer
Robert Pollard   Composer
Greg Norman   Engineer
Esther Dennis Middle School 8th Grade Band   Introduction
Tom Pfronger   Direction
Chad Smith   Engineer
Todd Tobias   Producer,Engineer,Atmosphere

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Earthquake Glue 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another great album from Bob and the boys. As consistent as any of their "polished" stuff (Isolation Drills, Do the Collapse) without sacrificing the "classic" GBV sounds of Bee Thousand or Alien Lanes. It's a crime this band hasn't moved beyond it's cult status yet, but that's why I love them.