Bee Thousand (studio album) by Guided By Voices

Bee Thousand by Guided By Voices
Year: 1994
Overall rank: 528th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 479 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1994 (16th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1990s (94th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (528th)

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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.3/100, a mean average of 77.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 18.2.

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From 09/25/2023 20:27
Entertaining 90s indie rock, creative fun.
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From 12/30/2021 10:18
This album has a very rough and raw feel to it which is very unique compared to the smooth nature of most albums now. This makes for an entertaining listen as it feels more personal and like pure music rather than being over refined. The album is made up of short cuts that are very consistent in style and in quality. While there are a few that are a little weaker, most of the tracks are quite good with their being some standouts as well. Also, it is a very good length with there being no real time for us to get bored or lose focus in the music. However, one criticism which is also a strength is the raw production because in places it sounds too rough and could really do with some cleaning up to maintain the sonic quality. Overall, this is a bitesize album with short songs that really pack a punch in its brief listening time.
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From 09/26/2021 13:54
The ultimate low-fi indie rock album. When I first heard this album, it was shocking. It felt this album was made for me. Short poppy songs with serious classic rock influences clearly influenced by the American Midwest (Great Lakes edition). GbV does have a quality control issue at times (far too many albums that are just ho-hum), but this album is everything that is great about Bob Pollard and gang.
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From 06/25/2019 10:24
'Bee Thousand' (the title is nothing more than random words arising from a band brain storming session) is GBV's 7th album release , so the old adage they took 12 years to be an over night success is never truer than here

If you think this album has a real unpolished home made feel to it you'd be 100% correct as the entire album was recorded on four track machines and other primitive home recording devices in the garages and basements of band members , and many of the demo takes of the songs were the ones that were used for the released album

TBH this album is good but no better or worse than any number of albums within the gigantic GBV catalogue , just wondering why this one is considered THE one & so highly rated above others?
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From 01/26/2019 22:33
This is the best audio recording ever in the history of recorded music.
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From 05/13/2017 18:21
@sethmadsen lol. Drunk people on bandcamp are better than drunk people on soundcloud. But no one is as perfectly artfuly weird as this album.
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From 02/19/2016 04:25
Fantastic, though falters a little in the middle from Mincer Ray to Her Psychology Today. It's an album full of original, abstract, short lo-fi pieces that will make you want to hit replay over and over again.
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From 02/04/2016 22:32
Love the comment about the artists sketch book. The aesthetic experience of GBV is so different in this respect that I found it difficult to get into for the longest time. Gave a couple listens a few years ago then put it aside. Recently listened to Alien Lanes and it just clicked!
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From 01/05/2016 08:35
This album reminds me of the end of Abbey Road (my favorite part of any Beatles album), where there are a bunch of short, unfinished but catchy songs that flow into each other, only Bee Thousand is a whole album built upon that idea. Definitely one of my favorite albums ever.
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