Even without Guided by Voices, pop savant Robert Pollard doesn't show any
signs of slowing. Normal Happiness (his second solo record of the
year) starts strongly with "Accidental Texas Who," a jumble of hopped-up
psyche pop that has Pollard's scrappy charm in spades. And so what if there
are a few half-baked songs best left on the cutting room floor? Songs like
"Supernatural Car Lover" and "Pegasus Glue Factory" make up for it.
Brilliantly unpolished, they're tossed-off classics bearing Pollard's