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Boston Spaceships – Let It Beard

on August 03, 2011, 7:59am
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Twenty-six songs? Certainly, a good portion of these would be just filler and noise, right? Wrong. What Let It Beard, the latest album from Boston Spaceships, accomplishes is taking you on a journey that leaves you feeling as if you just had an out-of-body experience. No, there weren’t any drugs used in the writing of this review.

With two-thirds of the band having been in Guided by Voices (Robert Pollard, Chris Slusarenko) and the other from The Decemberists (John Moen), Boston Spaceships have some strong songwriting capabilities. Finding these strong tracks isn’t as hard as you would believe, even with so many to choose from. Fused together well are punk (“You Just Can’t Tell”, “The Vicelords”) and pop (“Make a Record for Lo-Life”) and the echoing vocals by Pollard, who is truly one of the better songwriters out there. While many of his stories and themes may leave listeners confused, the music really is what carries this album. Very few bands could successfully mix punk, acoustic guitars, and indie fuzz together, which, at times, makes you wonder if this is really two different bands doing a split album–one the hard, low-fi punk band, the other the soft ballad side.

Let It Beard does not lack moments of intimacy. “The Ballad of Bad Whiskey”, “Chevy Marigold”, and “No Steamboats” all slow down the tempo to keep the band in check from getting too out of hand. The single “Christmas Girl” has very original instrumentation, as the bass line goes walking and horns triumphantly appear.

The title track features the chorus “Let it beard, and get all weird.” Perhaps this was the blueprint for this whole experience. Because that’s exactly what it is: weird. Luckily for the band and for those who endure the trip, “weird” is a good thing, and Let It Beard might be the weirdest but most original album of the year.


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August 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm

That’s weird. 

August 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Wow. I just listened to this last night and thought it was fantastic! Being a Robert Pollard fan has been a little frustrating over the last 5 years or so, but damn is he delivering in 2011. A Guided By Voices tour and now a new set of songs that are beyond any of my wildest expectations. In terms of a listening experience I’d give the album a solid 4 1/2, there is no way any fan of guitar/band music won’t find this to be anything but an incredibly engaing listen. What’s strange is that the whole experience almost felt like getting involved in an unexpectedly great movie, you know the kind where the story seems like it will be boring but the writing is just amazing and all of a sudden it has you glued to the plot line and eagerly awaiting the next scene. I’m not sure what I’d rate the album in a month or two from now, but I’d urge anyone to give it a listen. You’ll have fun, ‘swear it!

South Beach Java
August 3, 2011 at 9:40 pm

The name of the album is funny. 

August 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Wierd that it sounds like you’ve never heard a GBV song and had no idea what you were doing reviewing this record.


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