Universal Truths and Cycles

Guided by Voices: Universal Truths and Cycles

Universal Truths and CyclesGBV has subtly moved back into a lo-fi groove. Granted, it’s not all tape hiss and broken songs, but even this album’s best song, “Cheyenne,” has an echo effect on it that smacks of understatement. So I guess lo-fi isn’t the thing, but it’s a subtle move to situate themselves back in the little band making big sounds category of which they were once kings. GBV is like the kids’ Who, and Pollard is its Townsend (or is it Daltrey?) He’s just doing his thing here, and trying to entertain.