Boston Spaceships

Brown Submarine (Guided by Voices, Inc.)

'Brown Submarine' is a motley affair that delivers several fair-to-middling pop-rockers and a couple of masterpieces on par with the late-'60s sound of The Who.

"Brown Submarine" is a motley affair that delivers several fair-to-middling pop-rockers and a couple of masterpieces on par with the late-'60s sound of The Who.

'Brown Submarine' is a motley affair that delivers several fair-to-middling pop-rockers and a couple of masterpieces on par with the late-'60s sound of The Who.

"Brown Submarine" is a motley affair that delivers several fair-to-middling pop-rockers and a couple of masterpieces on par with the late-'60s sound of The Who.

Robert Pollard’s rationale for breaking up Guided by Voices in 2004 was that he was a grown-ass man and it was somehow unbecoming to be a member of the boy’s club that every all-male group becomes. So what does he do four years later? He starts another band, Boston Spaceships. And what’s the difference between this band, the last band, and the umpteen solo discs that arrived in the interim? Not much.

As with the majority of Pollard-related products, Brown Submarine is a motley affair that delivers several fair-to-middling pop-rockers, three or four artsy toss-offs that you’ll find yourself skipping over, and a couple of masterpieces on par with the late ’60s sound of The Who, early Wire, or—you guessed it—Guided by Voices. A trio on record (they appear live as a five-piece group), Boston Spaceships hit peak stride with the flat-out rocker “Zero Fix” and the poppier “Andy Playboy,” a track Pollard explains as being about a high-school football teammate with a secret life.

Brown Submarine will certainly not change your life, but it does serve as yet another solid brick in the ever-expanding Pollard canon. For true believers, it’s a satisfying meal.

© 2008 MetroPulse. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments » 0

Be the first to post a comment!

Share your thoughts

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. You agree not to post comments that are off topic, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be banned. Click here for our full user agreement.

Comments can be shared on Facebook and Yahoo!. Add both options by connecting your profiles.