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Pollard, Robert / Normal Happiness
Album:Normal Happiness Collection:General
Artist:Pollard, Robert Added:10/2006
Label:Merge Records 

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Add Date:2007-03-11 Pull Date:2007-05-13 
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Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2007-03-05 
More great power pop/rock from the former Guided by Voices leader, of course. Maybe a bit more simple, wistful, than the preceding "From a Compound Eye" CD. More of an autumnal air.

Scrappy pop tunes with unconventional chordal twists. Often proggy in the sense of acoustic-strumming Yes (that is, pastoral and folky; no odd time signatures). Basic guitar parts with weird backing keyboards and other sounds from mad scientist/producer Todd Tobias, and Pollard's usual stream-of-consciousness lyrics. Some critics didn't like this one, but I say it's all worth spinning.

1- Straight strong pop, a bit Who-like. Bright.
2- Strident intro, into straight power-pop
3- Breezy fast pop
4- Fairly fast. A light wistful feel
5- Midtempo, quite lo-fi on the vocal. A bit sad.
6- Upbeat mid/fast, quite pretty despite the title
7- *FCC* "piss." Mid/fast rock, a chugging drive.
8- Gentle, acoustic
9- Dissonant pop. Spare and quirky.
10- Chugging mid/fast
11- A big sound, midtempo and grand. Abrupt ending.
12- *FCC* Mid/fast, like breezy power pop. Gets loud.
13- Simple, spare. Slowish waltzy chorus
14- Mid/fast, a bit wistful
15- Jazzy - whoa! Light airy feel. A bit melancholy. No, it's NOT about the band, The Eagles.
16- Chiming proggy chord. Fast and lightly poppy, pretty. Proggy synths during the fade-out, what a great way to end the album.

Track Listing
1.Accidental Texas Who 9.Gasoline Ragtime
2.Whispering Whip 10.Rhoda Rhoda
3.Supernatural Car Lover 11.Give Up The Grape
4.Boxing About 12.Pegasus Glue Factory
5.Serious Bird Woman (You Turn Me On) 13.Top Of My Game
6.Get A Facefull 14.Tomorrow Will Not Be Another Day
7.Towers And Landslides 15.Join The Eagle
8.I Feel Gone Again 16.Full Sun (Dig The Slowness)