RELEASE
March 26, 1996
LABEL
Matador
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

Album Review

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.
Mark Deming, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Man Called Aerodynamicshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464436&id=277464431
  2. Rhine Jive Clickhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464439&id=277464431
  3. Cut-Out Witchhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464441&id=277464431
  4. Burning Flag Birthday Suithttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464447&id=277464431
  5. The Official Ironmen Rally Songhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464448&id=277464431
  6. To Remake the Young Flyerhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464450&id=277464431
  7. No Skyhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464456&id=277464431
  8. Bright Paper Werewolveshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464471&id=277464431
  9. Lord of Overstockhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464475&id=277464431
  10. Your Name Is Wildhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464476&id=277464431
  11. Ghosts of a Different Dreamhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464478&id=277464431
  12. Acorns & Orioleshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464482&id=277464431
  13. Look at Themhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464490&id=277464431
  14. The Perfect Lifehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464492&id=277464431
  15. Underwater Explosionshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464506&id=277464431
  16. Atom Eyeshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464529&id=277464431
  17. Don't Stop Nowhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/under-the-bushes-under-the/id398330746?uo=5
  18. Office of Heartshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464533&id=277464431
  19. Big Boring Weddinghttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464564&id=277464431
  20. It's Like Soul Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/under-the-bushes-under-the/id398330746?uo=5
  21. Drag Dayshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464566&id=277464431
  22. Sheetkickershttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464567&id=277464431
  23. Redmen and Their Wiveshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464570&id=277464431
  24. Take to the Skyhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277464571&id=277464431
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