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Universal Truths and Cycles is the thirteenth (official) album by Dayton, Ohio indie rock group Guided by Voices. After releasing their previous two albums on TVT Records, Guided by Voices returned to Matador Records.

Universal Truths and Cycles
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 18, 2002
Recorded2001
GenreIndie rock
Length46:25
LabelMatador
ProducerTodd Tobias, Guided by Voices
Guided by Voices chronology
Isolation Drills
(2001)
Universal Truths and Cycles
(2002)
Earthquake Glue
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars [1]
Dusted Magazine4/5 stars [2]
Pitchfork Media7.6/10 [3]
Popmattersfavorable [4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [5]
The A.V. Clubfavorable [6]

This was the highest charting Guided by Voices album at the time of release. It peaked at #160 on the Billboard Top 200, #10 on the Independent Albums list, and in the best chart performance of their career, #3 on the Top Heatseekers chart [1].

Contents

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Robert Pollard.

Side AEdit

  1. "Wire Greyhounds" – 0:35
  2. "Skin Parade" – 2:57
  3. "Zap" – 1:14
  4. "Christian Animation Torch Carriers" – 3:54
  5. "Cheyenne" – 2:58
  6. "The Weeping Bogeyman" – 1:35
  7. "Back to the Lake" – 2:33
  8. "Love 1" – 0:54
  9. "Storm Vibrations" – 4:59
  10. "Factory of Raw Essentials" – 1:25

Side BEdit

  1. "Everywhere with Helicopter" – 2:36
  2. "Pretty Bombs" – 3:06
  3. "Eureka Signs" – 3:06
  4. "Wings of Thorn" – 2:10
  5. "Car Language" – 4:44
  6. "From a Voice Plantation" – 2:06
  7. "The Ids Are Alright" – 1:10
  8. "Universal Truths and Cycles" – 2:19
  9. "Father Sgt. Christmas Card" – 2:04

In the mediaEdit

  • In the television series The IT Crowd episode Red Door, Roy hides stolen computer equipment under a Universal Truths and Cycles T-shirt. There is a poster of the same on a wall in Roy and Maurice's office.
  • In the television series The Wire Nick Sobotka has a Universal Truths and Cycles poster on his wall.
  • Guided by Voices performed "Everywhere With Helicopter" live on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn on June 17, 2002.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "Guided by Voices: Universal Truths and Cycles > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  2. ^ Dungan, Jason (17 June 2002). "Guided by Voices: Universal Truths and Cycles". Dusted Magazine. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  3. ^ LeMay, Matt (23 June 2002). "Guided by Voices: Universal Truths and Cycles". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  4. ^ Jamieson, Robert (24 June 2002). "Guided by Voices: Universal Truths and Cycles". PopMatters. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  5. ^ O'Connor, Rob (18 June 2002). "Guided by Voices: Universal Truths and Cycles". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  6. ^ Phipps, Keith (25 June 2002). "Guided by Voices: Universal Truths and Cycles". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 8 January 2012.