Bee Thousand

Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand
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Based on 7 reviews
1994 Ratings: #39 / 419
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Based on 415 ratings
1994 Ratings: #109
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Entertainment Weekly
Most of these 20 “songs” are little more than fragments of single, occasionally glorious Lennon/McCartney-style licks pegged to ostentatiously gratuitous absurdities. The resulting profound lack of meaning is as intensely aggravating as its sheer novelty is appealing.
Rolling Stone

But the real miracle of Bee Thousand is that it not only celebrates the power of rock music, it also embodies it. "I am a lost soul/I shoot myself with rock & roll," Pollard sings on "I Am a Scientist," "but nothing else can set me free."


cutte. The sound is extremely crative, and everything synergizes into a revivalism album that isnt tacky or lame.


I just got done listening. This album has great ideas here and there, and some of the songs are great. But they’ve got that Almond Milk Hotel sound, and that’s actually not a bad thing

Favorite: I Am A Scientist
Least Favorite: Demons Are Real (sounds like a squealing puppy)


Maybe my favorite record of all time. Hard to say, but Pollard's witty, out of the box lyrics within each track create as much buildup as any album. Each song has a knack to hook you in, get you invested, then throw you to the next cut where the process repeats. I would do anything to meet Pollard and talk with him on his thought process, for he is a legitimate genius.

And damn, I just wrote a real review. It's kinda fun using this website for what it's meant to be used for.


The rest of their discography is okay; yet, they made my favorite album of all time. Strange


It’s hard to think of many, or any, albums that flow as perfectly from front to back as Bee Thousand. It’s a hazy beer-fueled messterpiece that has songs that are more powerful than arena rock and more emotionally resonant than the best acoustic-guitar strummers. It’s a nonsensical story told in fragments that paint a much greater picture. It speaks to the real and deep complexity of ordinary people. Most importantly, it will have you coming back for more and you will never ... read more


This LP made me realize that there are some redeemable qualities about British people. Good job album!

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Added on: May 5, 2012