GUIDED BY VOICES Universal Truths And Cycles (Matador) Rating: NN Rating: NN
Now that Robert Pollard has completed his reconnaissance mission to TVT, studying producers Ric Ocasek and Rob Schnapf up close, he has marched his Guided by Voices unit back to Matador to regroup for another strike. Yet instead of pushing forward with a clever new approach on Universal Truths And Cycles, Guided By Voices have retreated to the familiar ground of Alien Lanes, remaking the same lo-fi mistakes and leaving good song ideas frustratingly unresolved in pursuing quantity rather than quality. It could very well be that they don't even realize they've doubled back on themselves. See if Pollard can remember what city he's in when Guided by Voices play the Horseshoe Friday and Saturday (July 19 and 20).