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 Heaven Is A Gated Community - Robert Pollard - Jack Sells The Cow Guided by Voices.
Outside of that, most 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. On closer inspection, though, the album begins to take on a strange life of its own.
While staggering prolificness and albums stuffed with short songs have long been calling cards, Wo Ist Geld - Various - A New Direction / Zacker Nights 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 a 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 Lost And Loney Child - Savoy Brown - Hellbound Train 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 Teddy Boy - The Beatles - Anthology 3 bright pop moments and interestingly demented freakouts like "Who's Running My Ranch," the album as a whole feels more hollow than even Pollard 's sometimes tossed-off song fragments.
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