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August by Cake [Digipak]
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Album: August by Cake [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    5? on the Inside
2)    Generox Gray
3)    When We All Hold Hands at the End of the World
4)    Goodbye Note
5)    We Liken the Sun
6)    Fever Pitch
7)    Absent the Man
8)    Packing the Dead Zone
9)    What Begins on New Year's Day
10)    Overloaded
11)    Keep Me Down
12)    West Coast Company Man
13)    Warm Up to Religion
14)    High Five Hall of Famers
15)    Sudden Fiction
16)    Hiking Skin
17)    It's Food
18)    Cheap Buttons
19)    Substitute 11
20)    Chew the Sand
21)    Dr. Feelgood Falls Off the Ocean
22)    Laughing Closet, The
23)    Deflect/Project
24)    Upon the Circus Bus
25)    Try It Out (It's Nothing)
26)    Sentimental Wars
27)    Circus Day Holdout
28)    Whole Tomatoes
29)    Amusement Park Is Over
30)    Golden Doors
31)    Possible Edge, The
32)    Escape to Phoenix
 

Album: August by Cake [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    5? on the Inside
2)    Generox Gray
3)    When We All Hold Hands at the End of the World
4)    Goodbye Note
5)    We Liken the Sun
6)    Fever Pitch
7)    Absent the Man
8)    Packing the Dead Zone
9)    What Begins on New Year's Day
10)    Overloaded
11)    Keep Me Down
12)    West Coast Company Man
13)    Warm Up to Religion
14)    High Five Hall of Famers
15)    Sudden Fiction
16)    Hiking Skin
17)    It's Food
18)    Cheap Buttons
19)    Substitute 11
20)    Chew the Sand
21)    Dr. Feelgood Falls Off the Ocean
22)    Laughing Closet, The
23)    Deflect/Project
24)    Upon the Circus Bus
25)    Try It Out (It's Nothing)
26)    Sentimental Wars
27)    Circus Day Holdout
28)    Whole Tomatoes
29)    Amusement Park Is Over
30)    Golden Doors
31)    Possible Edge, The
32)    Escape to Phoenix
 
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  • Audio Mixer: Travis Harrison.
  • Recording information: Cyberteknics; Serious Business Music, Brooklyn, NY.
  • To state the obvious: Guided by Voices is a band defined by the lyrical and musical voice of Robert Pollard. Since they formed in the mid-'80s, Pollard has been GbV's leader, and these days, as the frontman and only consistent member of the group, his status as their absolute ruler is uncontested. Which is one of the reasons 2017's August by Cake is a pleasant surprise. While this music is certainly governed by Pollard's prog-addled smart pop worldview, August by Cake unveils a GbV lineup that sounds more like a band than anything that's appeared under the band's rubric since the early 2000s. August by Cake introduces yet another new edition of Guided by Voices, with Pollard joined by guitarists Doug Gillard and Bobby Bare, Jr., bassist Mark Shue, and drummer Kevin March. Gillard and March have worked extensively with Pollard in the past, but with Bare as the wild card, this album sounds like a group effort, rather than the work of a handful of musicians taking orders from one guy. August by Cake suffers from a few of the flaws that mark many of GbV's albums -- most particularly, a less than ideal balance between the great and merely good songs -- yet there is a sonic diversity and playful energy that recall the spirit of early lo-fi triumphs such as 1994's Bee Thousand and 1995's Alien Lanes. Pollard's songwriting tropes haven't changed much, but with his bandmates contributing to the tunes, there's more variety in the textures, and the performances recall the anything-goes spirit of their best early work. August by Cake occasionally sinks into a chaos from which it has trouble escaping, but in its way, that's a real asset -- this is Guided by Voices sounding free and wild, and it's ultimately more satisfying than any of the "classic lineup" GbV reunion efforts that appeared between 2012 and 2014. ~ Mark Deming
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