Earth Man Blues

Guided By Voices - Earth Man Blues
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2021 Ratings: #198 / 247
User Score
Based on 12 ratings
April 30, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
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As with most GbV albums, it's a wonderfully bizarre and occasionally disarming ride through warped thoughts and cracked beauty.
Rolling Stone
The band’s latest squarely hits all the marks that make Guided By Voices great — again and again and again.
Spill Magazine

Earth Man Blues is an album of tremendous depth. While it has the distinctive sound of the current Guided by Voices line-up, for the most part it sounds like nothing this or any iteration of the band has done before.

The garage-rock institution rolls on with a loosely conceptual album that is equally inconsistent and ingenious, containing some of Robert Pollard’s most direct lyricism.
This album is a mess. Never though I'd use the word "boring" for a GBV album...but here we are.

I'm a HUGE Guided By Voices fan. Robert Pollard's indescribable unique approach to songwriting resonates with me in a way that few other songwriters have. Their overwhelming album output has also helped cultivate a hardcore fanbase. The band has never lost their spark of creativity, Pollard always is trying something wacky or interesting even on the albums that are a bit too rough around ... read more
actually quite liked i insane?
FAV: Dirty Kid School, Free Agents, Sunshine Girl Hello
LEAST FAV: How Can A Plumb Be Perfected
I keep trying to get into these guys and I swear I got close last year but not so much on this album so it would appear, everything sounds kind of muffled; particularly the vocals and very noticeably on the opening two tracks.
Tracks 3&4 open up a little and add tempo but both songs are total cringe.

I enjoy nothing until track 5 ‘Trust Them Now’ comes crashing through, this song is kind of cool but the tinny and flat production takes away some of the joy.

‘Lights Out ... read more


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Track List

  1. Made Man
  2. The Disconnected Citizen
  3. The Batman Sees the Ball
  4. Dirty Kid School
  5. Trust Them Now
  6. Lights Out In Memphis (Egypt)
  7. Free Agents
  8. Sunshine Girl Hello
  9. Wave Starter
  10. Any Repellent
  11. Margaret Middle School
  12. I Bet Hippy
  13. Test Pilot
  14. How Can a Plumb Be Perfected?
  15. Child's Play
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Added on: February 25, 2021