Guided By Voices - Static Airplane Jive
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Kicking off this great EP is soaring "Big School." "Big School" is Guided By Voices at their best. "Big School" will be the best anthem Pollard will write until "Echos Myron," and "Gold Star For Robot Boy" off of 1994's Bee Thousand. Following "Big School" is "Damn Good Mr. Jam," which is a decent song until Pollard starts singing the line "anything for free," and then the line is delicately sung by Tobin Sprout. For those who have heard the Propeller album, this part is highlighted in "Back To Saturn X Radio Report."
Although the rest of the EP tends to be less memorable as the first two songs, they are still quality, rock songs (especially "Glow Boy Butlers"). As a whole, at 6 songs, this EP seems far too short. The only thing that seems to be missing is the experimental side of Pollard's songwriting, which tends to enhance the pop songs. Instead, we have 4-5 quality tracks, which really should have appeared on a proper album. Static Airplane Jive is definately worth hearing if you come across it, but by no means essential.
By: Sean Wright
Published on: 2003-09-01