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Human Amusement at Hourly Rates
(Matador)

Guided by Voices

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All right, I'll admit it, the truth is the truth and it needs to be made known: I am a relative Guided by Voices virgin. As difficult as that was to say, I feel a lot better finally getting it out in the air.

I've always had an interest in the band but I suppose I was too intimidated by their sprawling catalogue to delve into the actual albums that have garnered such underground adoration.

I generally don't care much for "best of" albums, they usually amount to no more than a listless cash grab by a washed-up artist or an angry label. A true fan doesn't need a disc full of all those damn "popular" songs that are often among the given artists' worst efforts.

A Guided by Voices "best of" collection, however, is downright necessary.

With no fewer than 19 full-length releases since 1987--and that's saying nothing of box sets and EPs--Guided by Voices is definitely one of the most prolific bands around today.

Human Amusement at Hourly Rates is a succulent listen. Thirty-two songs lovingly crammed into one 77 minute CD without any of the mediocre material inevitable from such an active band.

This disc is a must-have for anyone who has been exposed to Guided by Voices late in their career, is too lazy to become acquainted with their back catalogue or, in my case, a little of both.

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