Album: Guided by Voices, Let's Go Eat the Factory (Fire Records)


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After a 15-year hiatus, the "classic" line-up of Dayton, Ohio, lo-fi veterans reformed in 2010 for a year-long tour, culminating in this new album of 21 songs with titles such as "Doughnut For a Snowman".

The 16th GBV album is business as usual: plangent garage rock (literally, it was recorded in band members' garages), sharing as much DNA with the Allman Brothers and The Band as it does Pavement and Slint. It's like the Noughties never happened, in ways both good and bad.