Turn on Red by the Takeovers

For the prolific and peculiar Robert Pollard of the infamous indie troupe Guided by Voices, being eccentric is nothing short of expected. And on his latest musical venture – the collaborative effort of the Takeovers, with GBV bassist Chris Slusarenko and Mudhoney’s Dan Peters – idiosyncrasy has turned obscenely hysterical. Maybe it’s the fact that the Takeover’s latest album Turn on Red plays out like a mental breakdown – the tunes spontaneously jump from lo-fi 70s rock to chipper new wave beats to sleazy power-pop in a matter of minutes. Or maybe it’s the lack of tight production that distorts the disc’s exceptional talent. Either way, the Takeovers Turn on Red could easily become a Pollard record to recall if not for its lack of an attention span. Still, it does work. Well.

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