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Styles We Paid For

Guided By Voices

Released: 12/11/2020
Format: CD
Label: Guided By Voices Inc.
Catalog #: GBVI-101
Country: U.S.A.
Discs: 1
# Tracks: 15
Front Cover
GBV 2020 Discography Poster With Styles We Paid For Cover Art
Back Cover
Pressing Details
Vinyl Color # Pressed
Working Titles
Before Computers
Original Release Info: Styles We Paid For is Guided By Voices' third album of 2020 and it stands as a testament to this Year In Isolation, reflecting these dark days through Robert Pollard's prism, with the band sounding as confident and authoritative as ever. The fifteen tracks were recorded remotely during quarantine from five states (Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Tennessee) to comprise GBV's ninth album since 2017.

Pollard's searing vocals hold center stage, with endless melodic invention and impeccable phrasing. The massively crescendo-ing opening track "Megaphone Riley" seems to be inspired by a diabolical politician-in-chief, and like an indie-rock Nostradamus, presciently highlights the "Jumbo Virus", while in the final couplet of the album closer "When Growing Was Simple" Pollard urges "Don't drink and drive / stay at home and eat".

Other album highlights include include Big Rock standouts like the incredibly hooky "Mr. Child" with the band in full arena rock power swing, while the titular protagonist is mentioned by name no less than sixteen times; the touching beauty and lyrical relevance of "Stops" and the majestically elegant "In Calculus Stratagem", a bubbly pop rock joyride in "Crash at Lake Placebo"; the subtle current-day technological observations of "They Don't Play The Drums Anymore" and the sleek "Electronic Windows To Nowhere" (written by a man who owns neither a smart phone or a computer). It's notably heavy in it's worldliness, lyrical content, texture, and approach-and rides out like a cinematic journey of the bizarro world one find oneself in.

While other bands have been napping, GBV have achieved their second consecutive hat-trick (three albums per annum), and have further cemented their status as rock legends for achieving more in this bleak year then most bands do across their entire careers.

Cover art first shown as part of GBV Discography poster sold by GBV's merch store in early September 2020.

Release date was originally set for November, 2020, but then moved to December 11, 2020.
Styles We Paid For
1.   Megaphone Riley 2:06
2.   They Don't Play The Drums Anymore 2:08
3.   Slaughterhouse 4:32
4.   Endless Sea Food 2:58
5.   Mr. Child 3:22
6.   Stops 2:04
7.   War Of The Devils 2:32
8.   Electronic Windows To Nowhere 1:57
9.   Never Abandon Ship 1:56
10.  Roll Me To Heaven 2:16
11.  In Calculus Stratagem 2:04
12.  Crash At Lake Placebo 2:45
13.  Liquid Kid 3:23
14.  Time Without Looking 1:43
15.  When Growing Was Simple 2:32
Total Length: 38:18
Other Formats
Label - Catalog [Format] (Country) # Tracks
Guided By Voices Inc. - GBVI-101 [LP] (U.S.A.) 15