As with any long-awaited return from hiatus, Let's Go Eat The Factory comes with baggage of glory days past to contend with, before the passage of time will allow fans to approach it with anything resembling objectivity. Myself included. Yesterday, I played it and thought I heard a bunch of stuff (little details, great hooks, guitar moves) that I liked. So I played it again to make sure. It was after my seventh repeat in a row -- a rarity for spinning new records -- that I realized, hey I like this! I really like this!
While some of the songs are a touch gossamer, there's enough tooth to the overall product to drag a listener in and keep them engaged. "Laundry and Lasers" and "Unsinkable Fats Domino" warrant many repeat listens, not to mention college radio attention. Tobin Sprout's "Old Bones" is an out-of-time beauty which makes it's almost harsh sonics work in service of its underlying beauty. A song you could drown in.
Overall there's a nice freshness to the proceedings. The "classic" line-up turns in a crop of complete songs and the usual feast of snippets, scraps and experiments. Even slight songs like "God Loves Us" have tiny rewards for repeat-button pressers.
If you didn't know GBV, you'd hear this album and go, "Hey, these guys are pretty good. They have a very 90s sound." And the thing is, this album, which came out in 2011 and was their first since breaking up in 2004, is pretty good, but they are also competing against their 90s selves, who made indie rock masterpieces like "Bee Thousand" and "Alien Lanes." "Factory" even boasts the same "classic" line-up that made those albums. For a comeback album it's solid, even if it can't measure up to their best work.
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