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Guided By Voices
Universal Truths and Cycles
Matador Records

With Guided By Voices' return to Matador Records, the Who-meets-Buzzcocks kings of lo-fi rock simultaneously pick up where 2001's Isolation Drills left off and hark back to the band's pre-TVT DIY aesthetic...The anthemic "Everywhere With Helicopter" and "Back To The Lake" are the kind of head-bopping GBV tunes sure to please both longtime fans and newcomers. but the prolific band also continues to surprise. Melancholy and string-laden, "Pretty Bombs" stands as one of Robert Pollard's finest ditties to date.