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Carnival Boy

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The simultaneous releases by the principal members of Ohio’s Guided by Voices aren’t a drastic departure from the band’s output — not surprising, since both feature contributions from various current and former GbV members. Frontman Robert Pollard’s Not in My Airforce maintains his uncanny balance of homey lo-fi ambiance and epic hooksmanship, while guitarist Tobin Sprout’s Carnival Boy is more carefully crafted and compositionally linear but no less infectious. Not in My Airforce: A- Carnival Boy: A-