Will Hermes
August 06, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Do the Collapse

type
Music
Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B

Is indie rock really dead? Robert Pollard, guiding voice of underground heroes GBV, is hedging his bets. With a bona fide producer (Ric ”Candy-O” Ocasek), he lurches for the gold ring he used to flick beer caps through, abetting the higher fidelity and big guitars of 1997’s Mag Earwhig! with new-wave synths, strings, and even bigger guitars on Do the Collapse. When the tunes are there, the footlights flatter. When they’re not, you miss the basement. B

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