The new Guided by Voices album is the best thing the band has recorded
since the last album by the legendary Dayton, Ohio, rockers. That’s not meant
facetiously: the last thing Guided by Voices did was the rapturously received
Let’s Go Eat the Factory, and Class Clown Spots a UFO ups the ante raised
by that stellar effort, both in terms of recording fidelity (boring!) and songcraft (not boring!) One could argue there’s more depth and variety here than
on Alien Lanes, that there are better songs here than on Bee Thousand, but
that’s an argument no one’s ever going to win, at least definitively. And this
album is a win, by any definition.