Lost Planets & Phantom Voices

Lead Performer: Tobin Sprout; Producer (group): Luna

A solo pop dream by Guided by Voices’ Sprout: gorgeously languid melodies, tight-throated vocals that convey sincer-ity, and lyrics flicking back and forth between poeticism and pleasant wiftiness. All right, most of the lyrics are wifty (”Doctor No. 5 has his feet in the spray/Doctor No. 6 has to work all day”), but when Sprout is both tuneful and coherent, as on the effulgent ”All Those Things We’ve Done,” he achieves pure bliss.

Originally posted March 14 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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