AN ODD LITTLE REVIEW:
The Portland Mercury feels our press release was pretty much spot on...
08.09.2011: "ROCK AT ITS MOST FUNDAMENTAL AND ICONIC":
ChunkyGlasses.com feels that with Let it Beard, the band has "created an album that goes well beyond mere homage to reinforce the relevance and necessity of the music that they clearly love."
08.08.2011: BEST GUITAR ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR?:
Neon Filler gives a perfect 10 out of 10 score for Let it Beard, saying it's "the kind of album that makes you want to throw caution to the wind, open the windows and turn the volume up real loud."
08.04.2011: ALBUM OF THE WEEK:
Dirty Impound says Let it Beard "proves to be nothing short of an astonishing feat of rockist foraging and quite possibly the most expansive and accomplished album Pollard has crafted since Alien Lanes."
08.03.2011: A LITTLE MORE ON THE SUBCONSCIOUS CONCEPT ALBUM ABOUT THE SORRY STATE OF ROCK AND ROLL:
The Faster Times says the "new double-album Let it Beard is not only the group’s best yet, but the best thing Robert Pollard has done for quite a long time."
08.02.2011: "GAME CHANGER":
All Music rates Let it Beard with 4.5 out of 5 stars, further saying the double LP "is not only the biggest and most impressive album Boston Spaceships have delivered to date, it's one of the most coherent and hard-hitting offerings of Pollard's entire career."
08.02.2011: I AM A MAD MUSICAL SCIENTIST ISN'T EXACTLY HOW THE SONG GOES:
REVERB music of the The Denver Post calls Let it Beard "a massive statement from the inexhaustible mind of Pollard, indie-rock's mad musical scientist, and a testament to the chemistry and talent of his rock-ready bandmates."
08.02.2011: "GUIDED BY SPACESHIPS":
The Dayton City Paper interviews Chris Slusarenko about the new double album, touring, and the state of rock and roll.
08.01.2011: "11 OUT OF 10 ON THE ROCKOMETER":
Blog I Rock Cleveland strongly states that Let it Beard "will go down in history next to Propeller, Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, and Under the Bushes, Under the Stars, as one of the defining works of Robert Pollard."
08.01.2011: THE "BASEMENT DAYS IN DAYTON" ARE BACK AGAIN:
Blog Natural Blues contends "if you measure a truly 'classic' recording by its ability to stand the test of time, then Let it Beard, in my estimation will truly be a classic rock recording."
07.29.2011: LET IT BEARD — BEST TITLED, STRONGEST OF POLLARD'S CAREER:
Under the Radar has strong praise for the new album, saying "Let it Beard is one of the most consistently exceptional Pollard releases in recent memory."
07.29.2011: "SOME OF THE FINEST OUTSIDER POP EVER MADE":
Blogger Jester Jay has this to say about Let it Beard: "Remarkably cohesive double album encompasses classic psychedelia, prog rock, and trademark GBV sounds"
07.27.2011: THE POLLARD FIVE FOR 2011:
Las Vegas Weekly reviews all five of Robert Pollard's albums so far this year, giving Let it Beard 5 out of 5 stars, saying the new double album "might be the best thing he’s done since 1995’s Alien Lanes. Yeah, it’s that good."
07.19.2011: "FLASHES OF RETRO ROCK QUALITY":
SPIN magazine writes a paragraph about Robert Pollard's double LP. The comments are an interesting read.
07.12.2011: LET IT BEARD — ROBERT POLLARD'S "MOST AMBITIOUS GOAL TO DATE":
Prefix magazine rates Pollard's new double player an 8.5 (out of 10), going further to say that "Boston Spaceships is his most accomplished musical vehicle working right now, and Let it Beard is one of the finest releases in his endless discography. Period."
POLLARD IS IN HIS ELEMENT:
After spending some time in the Cubehouse, The Line of Best Fit is convinced "Pollard’s extraordinary musical eclecticism shows no sign of running out of steam."
"SHRINK WRAPPED IN WOOZY GOODNESS":
Toronto based exclaim.ca shows some love saying, "Cubehouse's heart is built of hooks and classic rock valentines that ring through effortless muscle car anthems."
PITCHFORK SAYS "EXPERTLY PACED":
Pitchfork Media weighed in with a 7.4 rating, calling Pollard's "most genial, generous collection in years" Cubehouse "a decidedly straightforward affair, a bright, rollicking blast of nearly fat-free power-pop ."
MOST ENJOYABLE AND ACCESSIBLE ALBUM SINCE GBV:
The Ash Gray Proclamation has high praise for the new album, calling Our Cubehouse Still Rocks "a triumph and flawless rock record, not mention a pure joy to listen to."
TEN FIST PUMPS!:
The New Gay cites 3 reasons Our Cubehouse Still Rocks rocks: "the equation of Pollardian inscrutability to sheer exuberance is near perfectly balanced in both lyrics and music, the sequencing is flawless, and album centerpiece 'Come On Baby Grace' is the finest slice of power-pop Pollard has laid on the platter in years."
A LOT TO LOVE HERE:
LAist's Heath Biter has a bit to say about Robert Pollard's "creative renaissance" noting that "between New York art openings, book releases, scoring documentaries, and reforming the 'classic lineup' of Guided By Voices, Pollard’s still found time to release some of the most consistent, satisfying work of his career."
BEST SINCE F.A.C.E.:
The Onion's A.V. Club says Our Cubehouse Still Rocks is "an anthem-heavy affair that’s both the band’s best work to date and Pollard’s most satisfying outing since From A Compound Eye." And the comments section is a great read too.
THE FRESHEST SOUNDING MUSIC IN POLLARD'S CAREER:
Wires and Waves checks in on the new album (in stores now) and exposes the Spaceships' formula for success: "two or three old GBV demos fleshed out into arena rock arrangements, a couple songs that hearken back to primetime GBV days, and several songs that put a new twist on Pollard's power-psych stylings or pay tribute to one of his influences."
MOST COHESIVE WORK SO FAR:
The Fire Note gives Our Cubehouse Still Rocks a "must pick up" rating and notes that "the record's confidence pours out around every melody, every chord and features a power in Pollard's voice like he is 36 again.
HITTING THEIR STRIDE ON THE 4th ALBUM:
Under the Radar suggests, "For your straight-ahead rock and roll fix, choose Boston Spaceships," further noting the band's concentration "on primal rock and roll, and kicking ass and taking names."
30 SECONDS TO LOVE:
I Rock Cleveland fell in love with Come On Baby Grace quickly, which might explain "why Boston Spaceships records have been the source of Pollard’s most consistently satisfying, post-GBV output to date."
CAMERA FOUND THE RAY GUN EP REVIEW:
The Fire Note says the first Boston Spaceships tracks of 2010 "bring a manic energy to tape with an inspired classic British punk undertone." The limited edition EP is available from Jackpot Records now!
PITCHFORK COVERS SOME "STELLAR" BS; LIKES POLLARD ALBUM:
Pitchfork has an update on the new Boston Spaceships EP, Camera Found the Ray Gun, and Robert Pollard's other projects, including the newest of new announcements, Moses on a Snail (due out June 22, 2010). And their review of We All Got Out of the Army is up too.
LAist staff member Heath Biter gives Robert Pollard high marks all around for his 2009 output.
BLURT DOES THE NUMBERS = 8/1040299 (OR 8 OUT OF 10 FOR ZERO TO 99):
Blurt reviews Zero to 99, giving the album 8 out of 10, saying, "Pollard plays against the underlying sweetness of his power pop with something uglier and less infectious - to brilliant effect."
ZERO TO 99 RANKS #8:
Magnet ranks Zero to 99 at number 8 in their Top 20 of 2009 countdown, saying the album "is as quirky, melodic, catchy and life-affirmingly amazing as Guided By Voices."
TOP 30 OF '09:
UK music site Flashlight's Jason A. Parkes puts both Zero to 99 and The Planets Are Blasted in his top 30 of 2009 saying, "Boston Spaceships' albums of 2009 might very well provide the best introduction to the infinite career of Bob Pollard as well as being amongst the best albums of 2009."
12.10.2009: LICKING STAMPS AND DRINKING SHITTY COFFEE:
The Firenote thinks that "overall Licking Stamps... serves its purpose and is a great snapshot of how musically sound this band really is from Bob remembering the words to every pounding drum beat that rings through your speakers - not to mention it is just plain fun!"
11.22.2009: DOING THE WHAT BETTER THAN THE WHAT?:
Neon Filler thinks Zero to 99 may be "a late contender for album of the year" saying the band is "producing some of the best music of Pollard's career."
10.23.2009: "ONE OF THE MOST UNPRETENTIOUS, APPROACHABLE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR":
Spectrum Culture calls Zero to 99 "a highly entertaining, intelligent achievement that ranks among the best of Pollard's extensive career." Expect more -- the 4th album is half recorded.
10.21.2009: THE THIRD AND BEST BOSTON SPACESHIPS ALBUM?:
PopMatters says "Zero to 99 is a rewarding experience that will remind many of what they enjoyed about the iconoclastic Robert Pollard in the first place."
10.16.2009: BUT IS IT AS GOOD AS BEE THOUSAND?:
Crawdaddy calls Zero to 99 "a temple of Pollard's creativity" by his "rollicking rock outlet" and also asks the question, "Is this as good as Bee Thousand?" Please note that Bee Thousand is somewhat highly regarded.
10.08.2009: PITCHFORK SAYS WE'VE GOT "ANOTHER WINNER":
Pitchfork expounds on Zero to 99's "catchy-as-hell cracklers peppered with form-fitting arrangements and an emphasis on Pollard's impressive pipes." They also added, "Bob Pollard's making some of the best music of his life." Yep.
10.05.2009: BOSTON SPACESHIPS ARE "CONSISTENTLY GREAT":
Wires and Waves gives the new record high marks and also states "our favorite Ohio songwriter has delivered some great songs and albums this year." They even feel enough "to make a two-disc 'greatest hits' collection rivaling many bands' career outputs."
10.01.2009: ZERO TO 99 REVIEWS ARE COMING IN!:
Picking up where The Planets Are Blasted left off, The Fire Note says "Boston Spaceships bring a swagger and attitude that is hard to match or find in the indie scene today," giving Zero to 99 four and half stars.
09.17.2009: ONE OF 5 FOR FALL:
As the "75th Bob Pollard release this year, The New Gay still believes Zero to 99 will make their top 20 for 2009 (along with The Planets Are Blasted, "one of the best records this year").
04.21.2009: PITCHFORK WEIGHS IN:
"The Planets Are Blasted most often than not just rips..." Sounds like they most often than not like it.
03.04.2009: REACH FOR REWIND AND PLAY IT AGAIN:
Short and "suite" is how Wires and Waves likes it. Preview "The Town That's After Me" there.
03.04.2009: "CONSISTENTLY REPUTABLE":
The Wheel’s Still In Spin mentions the Spaceships special blend of "classic rock and punk substance."
03.03.2009: "TOWERING ROCK THEATRICS" AND "A MORE POTENT DOSE" OF ECCENTRICITIES:
PopMatters says The Planets Are Blasted “'proves itself to be as intricate as it is immediately catchy and much bigger than its 35-minute running time would indicate."
03.03.2009: THE CLUB IS OPEN AGAIN:
The Passion of Indie Music reports that "the 14 songs found here are all short, sweet and packed full of big rock hooks that not only make the record infectious but make repeat listens a must."
02.27.2009: THE 'FECUNDITY' OF ROBERT POLLARD (AND HIS BOSTON SPACESHIPS):
The Harvard Crimson states that “'The Planets are Blasted' once again proves that Pollard is a prolific, but never profligate, talent." Consult your Earth dictionary and agree.
02.13.2009: NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP FOR THE SPACESHIPS:
The Fire Note says the Boston Spaceships keep the creative energy flowing!
02.12.2009: CITIZEN DICK REVIEW:
We are "the cat's ass."
01.12.2009: HOT REVIEW OF HEADACHE REVOLUTION SINGLE:
Review of 'Headache Revolution' limited 7" single on Fire Drills
01.07.2009: THE FIRST PLANETS REVIEW IS IN:
Review of 'The Planets Are Blasted' on LosingToday
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