The Best of...
anyone asks which GBV CD to buy, I usually scratch my head and suggest
Bee Thousand or Alien Lanes. Those two seemed to have
the largest number of good songs. And that's the rub: There's always
two or three blow-your-head-off miracle rockers on any GBV album,
but the rest are either so-so or leave you wondering how much beer
was consumed during the recording sessions.
Now along comes the band's
much needed "Best of" collection (notice that they didn't
call it "Greatest Hits"?), a compilation of the finest
tracks from GBV's finest albums (most of them released on Matador),
including four chestnuts from Bee Thousand, six from Alien
Lanes and three apiece from Do the Collapse, Isolation
Drills, Mag Earwhig! and Under the Bushes, Under the
Stars. The 32-song, 77-minute collection perfectly documents
Pollard and Sprout's deification of '60s jingle-jangle Brit-rock
and Nuggets-era garage stomp. This is the definitive collection
for the casual GBV fan. I can only imagine how it will impact sales
of their back catalog.
Posted Nov. 21,
2003. Copyright © 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
is the definitive collection for the casual GBV fan."