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Boston Spaceships - Greatest Hits Of Boston Spaceships (Out Of The Universe By Sundown)

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    Robert Pollard released a small mountain of material between 2005 (when he launched his proper solo career after dissolving Guided by Voices) and 2011 (when GBV resumed their recording career), but the majority of it was curiously unsatisfying, as Poll......more

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Artist: Boston Spaceships
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Robert Pollard released a small mountain of material between 2005 (when he launched his proper solo career after dissolving Guided by Voices) and 2011 (when GBV resumed their recording career), but the majority of it was curiously unsatisfying, as Pollard seemed to have a hard time making sense of his own prolific output as a songwriter without bandmates on hand to sort it out and give it focus. Given this, it makes sense that among the very best material Pollard recorded during this period were a handful of albums he made with a band, the ad-hoc ensemble Boston Spaceships. Boston Spaceships found Pollard working with John Moen of the Decemberists and the Dharma Bums, as well as Chris Slusarenko of Sprinkler and the Takeovers; while their music was stylistically on the same page as Pollard's other work, the albums featured stronger songs and fewer throwaways than his solo efforts, and the performances were livelier and rocked harder than the albums Pollard was releasing on his own. The reunion of Guided by Voices led Pollard to retire Boston Spaceships, and Fire Records has assembled an impressive look back at their body of work with the collection Out of the Universe by Sundown: The Greatest Hits of Boston Spaceships. Narrowing down their five albums to just 15 songs gives short shrift to the band's debut, 2008's Brown Submarine (represented with just one tune, "You Satisfy Me"), but if the collection favors the Spaceships' ambitious finale, 2011's Let It Beard, it certainly skims the cream from what was the Spaceships' best album, and this is a remarkably cohesive career overview. These songs may have been recorded over the space of four years, but if you weren't previously familiar with Boston Spaceships' music, you might not have guessed -- these songs are tough, lively, and filled with energy and purpose, and the music achieves the melodic flights of fancy associated with GBV's best work but without their sloppiness or tendency to meander. The Planets Are Bl...
See Also:
Planets Are Blasted
See Influences:
Alice Cooper, Wire, Cheap Trick
See Contemporaries:
Circus Devils, Sprinkler, Psycho & the Birds, The Halo Benders, The Olivia Tremor Control, Built to Spill, Takeovers, Lexo and the Leapers, The Cribs, The Moping Swans, Keene Brothers, The Apples in Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 You Satisfy Me
  2. 2 John the Dwarf Wants to Become an Angel
  3. 3 Earmarked for Collision
  4. 4 Question Girl Alright
  5. 5 Make a Record for Lo-Life
  6. 6 Headache Revolution
  7. 7 Tabby and Lucy
  8. 8 Canned Food Demons
  9. 9 How Wrong You Are
  10. 10 Come On Baby Grace
  11. 11 German Field of Shadows
  12. 12 Let It Rest for a Little While
  13. 13 Big O Gets an Earful
  14. 14 In the Bathroom (Up 1/2 the Night)
  15. 15 Tourist UFO
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Rock & Pop
Label:
Fire Records
Producer:
Chris Slusarenko; Jonathan Drews
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
Mono or Stereo:
Stereo
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
46 : 54
UPC:
809236128126
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