Bee Thousand

Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1994 Ratings: #24 / 388
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Based on 225 ratings
1994 Ratings: #54
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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."




A album that has a lot of substance for 20 songs and 36 minutes but it kinda overwhelmed me at the end


Robert Pollard at his finest as he places his donut cushion so he can sit comfortably in the pilot's seat. Is he preparing for the liftoff? On "Bee Thousand" Pollard certainly behaves as if he's blown off the aircraft's pre-flight examination as he yanks the throttle back and begins roaring down the runway. Best track? "Tractor Rape Chain." Why? Who doesn't like a song about riding a tractor while harvesting rapeseed during a miserable break-up? Here the band's lo-fi ... read more


This is Guided by Voices’ best album in my opinion. The missing link between The Frogs and Olivia Tremor Control.




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.

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Track List

  1. Hardcore UFO's 
  2. Buzzards And Dreadful Crows 
  3. Tractor Rape Chain 
  4. The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory 
  5. Hot Freaks 
  6. Smothered In Hugs 
  7. Yours To Keep 
  8. Echos Myron 
  9. Gold Star For Robot Boy 
  10. Awful Bliss 
  11. Mincer Ray 
  12. A Big Fan Of The Pigpen 
  13. Queen Of Cans And Jars 
  14. Her Psychology Today 
  15. Kicker Of Elves 
  16. Ester's Day 
  17. Demons Are Real 
  18. I Am A Scientist 
  19. Peep-Hole 
  20. You're Not An Airplane

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Added on: May 5, 2012