Label: Guided By Voices Inc. - GBVi-23 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Indie Rock
While Jack Sells the Cow is the second solo album of for Guided by Voices main man Robert Pollardit's set apart from its predecessor, Mouseman Cloudby its lack of collaboration with any of his GbV bandmates. Initially, Pollard going it alone sounds more or less the same as not. The songs are a little more prog-leaning and a little less pop, more akin to the bloodshot psychedelia of side project Boston Spaceships than the melody-centric fare of the reunited Guided by Voices.
Outside of Pontius Pilate Heart - Robert Pollard - Jack Sells The Cowmost everything else seems in line with the formula of Pollard 's s solo albums: relatively brief songs, bizarre and sometimes random lyrics, a healthy dose of classic rock influence in the form of straightforward rhythms and huge guitars.
Poetas De Lo Mórbido - Decapitated Christ - Antikristian Extreme Dekapitation closer inspection, though, the album begins to take on a strange life of its Pontius Pilate Heart - Robert Pollard - Jack Sells The Cow.
While staggering prolificness and albums stuffed with short songs have long been calling cards, Jack Sells the Cow cuts off at a surprisingly standard 12 songs, clocking in at just over half an hour. There's usually a ratio of a few big-hearted pop standouts to mostly weird freak rock numbers, with a smattering of bizarre experiments thrown in for good measure, but here the songs all become some strange combination of the three. Only the lively "Pontius Pilate Heart" pops with the upbeat catchiness that trademarks the best of Pollard 's work.
The rest of the album feels somehow darker, even in its moments of melodic soaring, as on "Big Groceries. Pollard 's solo albums are largely "the good, the bad, and the ugly" kind of affairs, with the really rough moments enhancing how great the great moments are. Those dynamics are missing here for the most part.
Only "The Rank of a Nurse" sounds truly phoned-in, with ridiculously obvious lyric schemes, out-of-tune piano, and an overall embarrassing approach to a half-finished thought of Tamarineira - Bandeira Brasil - A Cor Do Samba song.
The album rocks out more than usual, too, forgoing the collaged feel and entirely acoustic passages of many of his albums. Jack Sells the Cow isn't bad, but something is missing, even though the entirely formulaic approach he's established over the dozen or more records that came before is intact on this one.
While there are still some bright pop moments and interestingly demented freakouts like "Who's Running My Ranch," the album as a whole feels Pontius Pilate Heart - Robert Pollard - Jack Sells The Cow hollow than even Pollard 's sometimes tossed-off song fragments. Superfans may "get" Bob enough to see the bigger picture in this set of tunes, but for most, the lack of edges, emotional connectivity, or the kind of dramatic shifts Pollard is known for equates to a record without much to hold on to.
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Sep 29, · Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Robert Pollard - Jack Sells The Cow at Discogs. Complete your Robert Pollard collection/5(17).
So, Jack Sells the Cow is another more-than-worthy addition to a pulsating, ever-expanding catalogue. It may not scale the relentless pop highs of Robert Pollard Is Off to Business or the emotional lows of Moses on a Snail, but once again, Robert Pollard’s bottomless mine of songs has yielded a whole bunch more nuggets. And if you’re not convinced, but you care enough (as well you should), there’s 8/
Oct 09, · Jack Sells the Cow is his second solo album in a year that has already seen the release of two records by the reunited Guided By Voices and will see yet a third before it's done. The superabundance of melody and densely packed stylistic swerves and flourishes on Jack rival anything Pollard's recorded recently.5/5(3).
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While Jack Sells the Cow is the second solo album of for Guided by Voices main man Robert Pollard, it's set apart from its predecessor, Mouseman Cloud, by its lack of collaboration with any of his GbV bandmates. Initially, Pollard going it alone sounds more or less the same as not.5/
Sep 21, · The strange case of Jack Sells the Cow is that it’s so solid in the middle that the sides sag in comparison. It’s in the middle third of the album that we get “Pontius Pilate Heart”, with those.
Jack Sells The Cow sails over the moon of your heart in a snappy thirty-two plus minutes, and despite its relatively heavy subject matter comes off as perhaps the sprightliest, most light-footed music Pollard has recorded this year.