Robert Pollard: Honey Locust Honky Tonk
New release (GBV Inc.; tour dates for Guided by Voices)
Photo by Beowulf Sheehan
When you’re the prolific Robert Pollard and you tend to release dozens of songs each year on multiple albums, one thing is certain (despite what the ultra-faithful think): Not every song on every album is going to be a gem. This is particularly true when you’re being especially prolific — as in the past 18 months, when Pollard has released four albums and one EP with his reunited main band, Guided by Voices, and now three solo albums, for a total of 130 songs, 97 of which he wrote alone and another 13 of which he co-wrote.
That said, more things are certain: The gems are far more prevalent, and typically they’re truly sparkling.