Motivational Jumpsuit

Guided By Voices - Motivational Jumpsuit
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Based on 13 reviews
2014 Ratings: #422 / 845
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Based on 13 ratings
February 17, 2014 / Release Date
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Fire, GBV Inc. / Label
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Motivational Jumpsuit, the band's fifth studio album since the band's recent reformation finds the band continuing to the mix of psychedelia, garage-rock, post-punk and pop that they've perfected over time.


Motivational Jumpsuit feels like an accidental masterpiece and is without a doubt the strongest of the newer records. 

The Line of Best Fit

Even with their most straight-ahead record to date, GBV still show that they’re capable of surprises, and no matter how much more they release in the next [insert arbitrary period of time here], will always be worth following.


Rushing by with a distinct sense of economy in less than 40 minutes and heavy on counterpoint between Pollard's robust fantasy rock and Sprout's careful sentimentality, Motivational Jumpsuit is easily the most satisfying full-length of GbV's reunited, overproductive 2010s phase.

Consequence of Sound

Working in their own artistic bubble, Pollard and Sprout are driven, and Motivational Jumpsuit is the product of that passion. They just love to write songs and make records.


Packing 20 songs into 37 minutes, Motivational Jumpsuit is the shortest LP amid GBV’s recent avalanche of albums. But, most importantly, it’s also the most briskly paced of the bunch, reaching Alien Lanes-levels of expediency in its peaks

The 405

Pollard's decision to tone down the level of personal autonomy he'd brought into the last couple of Voices records works nicely here; it almost feels as if he's welcoming Sprout back into the fold, giving him a little more room to put his own stamp back on the Voices sound.


Motivational Jumpsuit never lets a moment overstay its welcome, which is what makes the whole such a pleasure to listen to.

No Ripcord

The weaknesses are outweighed by the strengths considerably, and so shouldn’t detract from another impressive collection; how a band can keep producing music of relative significance in such a conveyor belt fashion is truly mystifying.


New album ‘Motivational Jumpsuit’ arrives about nine months after its predecessor ... and teems with sub-two-minute songs that jangle Anglocentrically and have eternally teenage garage production values. In other words, a GBV record that sounds like everything GBV fans love about GBV.

Tiny Mix Tapes

They are still sharp, and that’s here in the melodies (however shaded with feedback) and in the music (as keyed-up and quirky as ever).

A.V. Club

Other than a compulsory desire to continue releasing music that rarely deviates from the free-form indie-rock template the band has established again and again, on record after record, it’s difficult to find any song on Motivational Jumpsuit that GBV lifers can place among the group’s most accomplished work.

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Year End Lists


Track List

  1. The Littlest League Possible
  2. Until Next Time
  3. Writer's Bloc (Psycho All The Time)
  4. Child Activist
  5. Planet Score
  6. Jupiter Spin
  7. Save The Company
  8. Go Without Packing
  9. Record Level Love
  10. I Am Columbus
  11. Difficult Outburst And Breakthrough
  12. Calling Up Washington
  13. Zero Elasticity
  14. Bird With No Name
  15. Shine (Tomahawk Breath)
  16. Vote For Me Dummy
  17. Some Things Are Big (And Some Things Are Small)
  18. Bulletin Borders
  19. Evangeline Dandelion
  20. Alex And The Omegas
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