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Faulty Superheroes

Robert Pollard

Released: 05/26/2015
Format: CD
Label: Guided By Voices Inc.
Catalog #: GBVI-57
Country: U.S.A.
Discs: 1
# Tracks: 12
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Original release notes: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays Robert Pollard from the swift completion of his latest brilliant record. Faulty Superheroes jets off Pollard's vinyl-grooved runway like the prototype for some new super-sonic power pop fighter jet, and at this point in his career is anyone surprised that the twelve tracks on his latest effort are uniformly awesome? The answer is no. Exactly no one is surprised. The biggest thing Pollard has to contend is his own miraculously consistent greatness. That he rarely if ever stumbles is some kind of marvel, and perhaps implies superpowers of his own. If you see what we did there.

Faulty Superheroes has a tossed-off, effortless magnificence that the rash of indie-whatevers trailing in his wake from Bee Thousand to the present constantly strive for, and fail to achieve. The constant sense of surprise, of wonder, of discovery that you routinely find in superbly-structured instant bomp classics like "Faster The Great" is not something that can be taught, or learned, or imparted, or copied. Pollard pretty much abandoned the four-track for twenty years now and still gets tagged as "lo-fi," which is a word that makes even less sense now in the days of digital recording than it did then in the days of occasionally tape-hiss smothered coulda-shoulda- been hits. "Take Me To Yolita" in lesser hands could have been not much more than a bad one-liner stretched to fit a pop song, but Pollard reverse-engineers the titular pun to build a Kinks-like mini-epic that elevates the raw material of the song to transcendent heights. "She walks to him but that's not him." Damn.

And so it goes. Are there bum notes here and there? Recording accidents-on-purpose left in like crushed empty beer cans strewn around the miniature, glimmering pop/rock/psych/prog construction sites left standing in the wake of each of Faulty Superheroes' finished/unfinished songs? You betcha. The Guided By Voices aesthetic was formed and developed and continues to be improved by Pollard, which makes all the more puzzling the hand-wringing that accompanies every announcement of a so-called GBV "break-up" (or for that matter, "reunion."). "You only need one," he sings on the song of that title. As long as we have Bob, we need nothing else. And we have Bob. If you're counting your blessings, don't forget that one. It's kinda crucial.
Faulty Superheroes
1.   What A Man 3:35
2.   Case Of Elimination 2:07
3.   Faulty Superheroes 3:09
4.   Faster The Great 1:59
5.   The Real Wilderness 1:29
6.   Photo Enforced Human Highway 3:25
7.   Take Me To Yolita 2:49
8.   Up Up And Up 2:49
9.   You Only Need One 2:15
10.  Bizarro's Last Quest 2:54
11.  Mozart's Throne 2:38
12.  Parakeet Vista 1:28
Total Length: 30:37
Other Formats
Label - Catalog [Format] (Country) # Tracks
Fire Records - FIRECD349 [CD] (United Kingdom) 12
Guided By Voices Inc. - GBVI-57 [LP] (U.S.A.) 12

Album Credits
Role Name
Art Robert Pollard
Layout Joe Patterson
Layout Robert Pollard
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Bass Guitar Todd Tobias
Bass On "What A Man" Steve Hopkins
Drums Kevin March
Guitar Robert Pollard
Guitar Todd Tobias
Keyboards Todd Tobias
Vocals Robert Pollard
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Engineer Todd Tobias
Mastering Chris Keffer
Producer Todd Tobias
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Mastering Location Magnetic North - Cleveland, OH
Recording Location Waterloo Sound - Brecksville, OH
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Copyright 2015
Publisher Needmore Songs
Songwriter Robert Pollard
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Business Management Eric Weiss
Legal Richard Grabel
Management David Newgarden
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Additional Album Text A Factory Of Raw Essentials Product
Additional Album Text For Bob Sr.
Additional Album Text Keep It In Motion
Additional Album Text Practice Your 4 P's!
Additional Album Text www.robertpollard.net
Additional Album Text www.rockathonrecords.com
Rockathon Records Kevin Poindexter
Rockathon Records Matt Davis
Rockathon Records Mike Lipps