The July selection for our Record of the Month Club is here and ready to go! We’ve got a pretty amazing record coming your way; Guided by Voices, the ever-prolific rock band from Dayton, Ohio, delivers Space Gun–one of their best records in a crazy-long career of great records. And to make everything better, we were able to get the entire band to autograph all the copies for our ROTM Club members.

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Robert Pollardhas long taken pride in being recklessly prolific, cranking out albums with his bandGuided by Voicesat a dizzying pace while also issuing a steady flow of solo releases and side projects. WhenGBVreleasedAugust by Cakein April 2017,Pollardannounced it was the 100th album he’d appeared on, and several fans contested his math, insisting he’d been on even more LPs than that. So whenPollarddeclared thatSpace Gunwould be the onlyGuided by Voicesalbum of 2018, it was hard not to wonder what he was up to. Why was the most prolific man in indie rock suddenly dialing down his workflow? Well, maybe he just wanted to concentrate on making one really good album for a change.Pollardcertainly benefited from the strength and chops of the edition ofGBVhe assembled — guitaristsDoug GillardandBobby Bare, Jr., bassistMark Shue, and drummerKevin March— on 2017’sAugust by CakeandHow Do You Spell Heaven, andSpace Gundoubles down on the skill of his current collaborators.Pollardhasn’t had a band this solid sinceGBV’s initial breakup in 2004 (that lineup also featuredGillardandMarch), and they sound tight, muscular, and imaginative onSpace Gun, not just playingPollard’s songs but giving them shape and gravity they might not have had otherwise. These guys sound like a band, not a handful of backing musicians, and with producerTravis Harrisonat the controls, this real band has made what sounds like a real album.Space Gunis full-bodied and adventurous, with the subtle but intelligent use of the studio giving the album a sonic gravitas that many ofGBV’s albums, good as they are, happen to lack. And as both a songwriter and a vocalist,Pollardis in especially fine fettle, with his bent pop melodies and gloriously cryptic lyrics a perfect match for a band that can play this stuff with a power that belies its detail-oriented intuition.Guided by Voiceshaven’t made an album that’s this committed to craft since 2001’sIsolation Drills, and ifSpace Gundoesn’t quite match that underappreciated masterpiece, it comes close enough to confirm thatGuided by Voicesare quietly in the midst of a late-career renaissance.