Alien Lanes (album) by Guided By Voices

Alien Lanes
Alien Lanes by Guided By Voices
Year: 1995
Overall rank: 1,155th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 205 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1995 (20th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (225th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,155th)

Guided By Voices bestography

Alien Lanes is ranked 2nd best out of 49 albums by Guided By Voices on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Guided By Voices is Bee Thousand which is ranked number 484 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 3,982.

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Alien Lanes track list

Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 78 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 205 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 79.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 80.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.3.

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65/100
From 05/10/2019 06:28
Such a disappointment. So many songs that I'm sure I would like if they weren't 30 seconds long. It's as if Robert gets bored very easily. Don't see the point to writing songs that short. Frustrating.
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From 02/14/2018 12:29
It's not that I didn't like it so much as it didn't really impress me.
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95/100
From 02/04/2016 22:35
Cuddos to the community here coming up with some great descriptions of GBV. "Broken radio" and "artists sketchbook" for sure, and I love it. This one deserves to be equally well thought of as Bee Thousand IMO.
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From 01/06/2015 04:29
Every time I hear this album I go through the same thought process: I think it's awful for the first 10 or so songs, and then from Motor Away on I think it's perfect. My favorite GBV album before listening to it is always Bee Thousand, and after listening to it my favorite GBV album is always Alien Lanes. What I'm saying is that it might be the most back-loaded album of all time. It takes fewer chances than its predecessor, but it also crafts some way more catchy songs. Motor Away is probably the band's best song, and Blimps Go 90, Always Crush Me, Game of Pricks, and Striped White Jets are all incredible as well. Not the blissful mess that Bee Thousand is but it's its own kind of fun.
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From 12/23/2014 14:56
Sending help messages in morse code from the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile on the other end of the line, it sounds like you're browsing channels on the radio. So basically, you're fucked.
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From 05/05/2014 01:37
My broken radio keeps switching stations, but I can’t complain when every song has been fantastic.
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From 08/08/2013 09:33
i love the lo-fi sound and the atmosphere it creates. a very good record filled with many good ideas and beautiful tunes.
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