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Guided by Voices: Bee Thousand (Scat) ****

Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, 11 August 1994

LATE IN Bee Thousand, Guided by Voices singer/songwriter Robert Pollard provides a skeleton key to his remarkable music. "I am a pharmacist, prescriptions I will fill you," he sings, "potions, pills and medicines to ease your painful lives." It's no empty boast — the stately little hymn 'I Am a Scientist' and the 19 other sublime songs on this album possess just such restorative powers.

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