COAST TO COAST CARPET OF LOVE
STANDARD GARGOYLE DECISIONS
BY SHANNON ZIMMERMAN
With more than a dozen solo albums -- not to mention the entire Guided
By Voices oeuvre and assorted side projects (Circus Devils, Acid Ranch,
Keene Brothers, et al.) -- Robert Pollard has had serious quality-control
issues. But the 33 tracks on this pair of discs are uniformly excellent.
Best bets: the lacerating "The Killers", which connects the
dots between Thin Lizzy and XTC, and the hypnotic folk rock of "Miles
Under the Skin". Propelled by a goose-bump-inducing chorus, the latter
is a good argument for Pollard to soon open Springsteen's next tour.