We All Got Out of the ArmyROBERT POLLARD

We All Got Out of the Army


For his latest, former Guided By Voices leader Robert Pollard sets aside aliases such as Circus Devils, Airport 5 and Go Back Snowball to operate under his own moniker. That said, the man’s so prolific that the multiple monikers are a necessity if anyone wants to keep some sort of order. The Ohio native’s latest finds him busy as ever, cranking out 17 tracks of angular, edgy pop whose diversity allows for everything from Bowie-esque techno rock (“On Top of the Vertigo”) to catchy choruses (“Wild Girl”) and staccato rhythms (the title track). “We All Got Out of the Army” is a fine example of Pollard simply being himself even as he pursues the dizzying diversity that has long been his trademark.

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