Released: Oct 2006
Label: Merge Records
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 distinctive fingerprints.