AOTY 2018
Guided By Voices - Space Gun
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #414 / 706
User Score
Based on 24 ratings
March 23, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Guided By Voices, Inc. / Label
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Pretty Much Amazing

Space Gun is one of Pollard’s best. That’s saying quite a bit, I have heard them all. Yes, all 102 albums. Unlike almost all the rest, there is virtually no filler here.

Northern Transmissions
Though their music has matured to a more contemplative and dense sound, they still bring a fury that makes their music feel intriguing and meaningful.

Guided by Voices haven't made an album that's this committed to craft since 2001's Isolation Drills, and if Space Gun doesn't quite match that underappreciated masterpiece, it comes close enough to confirm that Guided by Voices are quietly in the midst of a late-career renaissance.

A.V. Club
It’s the the musical equivalent of eggs and toast at your favorite diner, perhaps not the group’s most distinctive release, but warm and nourishing nonetheless.

It seems as though this second reunion may be one where they're finally finding the sound they've been looking for as a reincarnated band — embracing their past and ready to bring in some of the new. Space Gun is one step closer to that.


I find Space Gun to be about two-thirds great. Those great moments are what keeps people coming back for more, to continue digging and to find that perfect Robert Pollard song. Does it already exist? For all I know, it could be right here on Space Gun.

Under The Radar

Guided By Voices are the living embodiment of alt rock. Throughout Space Gun, the guitars clang and jangle, the rhythm section goes "boom" and the lyrics are the usual charming gibberish.

Spectrum Culture

The group has always presented obstacles to efforts to rank their work or offer accessible primers into their full range, and with Space Gun they find yet more strong micro-pop to drive playlists makers mad with curational possibility.

The Skinny
While there’s a few bumps here and there, this is the sound of a group drunk off its own energy and excited to be alive. With a little surgical focus, this band could surely rival their own past glories, and maybe produce some new ones.
how about working for a few years on one album instead of releasing multiple mediocre albums across a few years ya dingos
It's the best -- and most carefully edited and produced -- Guided by Voices release since Half Smiles of the Decomposed. Most of their albums since Half Smiles have been long and meandering adventures, but this one doesn't wander from the path as much and is better at holding the ear's attention. As usual for a Guided by Voices album, it will appeal most to people who've listened to a lot of guitar rock over the years and appreciate novelty in the form. My rating is so high because compared to ... read more
At this point in the legendary career of Guided By Voices, we know what to expect. We know we're going to get some oddball lyrics from Robert Pollard. We know we're gonna get some scratchy, sloppy instrumentals with plenty of reverb. But there just seems to be a few more hiccups this time around. No, there really isn't anything truly wrong with this album. But I feel like as GBV's career trudges along, they just sound more and more exhausted and less truly experimental. Yea, we have some ... read more
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Track List

  1. Space Gun
  2. Colonel Paper
  3. King Flute
  4. Ark Technician
  5. See My Field
  6. Liar's Box
  7. Blink Blank
  8. Daily Get Ups
  9. Hudson Rake
  10. Sport Component National
  11. I Love Kangaroos
  12. Grey Spat Matters
  13. That's Good
  14. Flight Advantage
  15. Evolution Circus
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Added on: December 8, 2017