With Truths & Cycles, Pollard and company have returned to their roots. Well, sort of. Recorded back home in Dayton, Ohio, with engineer and longtime friend Todd Tobias, the album is a bit rougher around the edges, but the album's tighter musicianship, focus and and eye for arrangement and subtle detail shows that the boys obviously learned a few tricks from their days in the big-time studios.
One complaint leveled against Pollard over his career has always been his lack of self-censorship. Universal Truths & Cycles does clock in with 19 tracks, and while some of it could be categorized as filler, there are several classics on board--"Cheyenne," "Storm Vibrations," "Everything With Helicopters," "Eureka Signs," "Car Langvage" [sic] and "Back to The Lake"--that are sure to take their rightful place in the GBV canon. And even if there is a little bit of filler, Pollard's work is still more interesting than most of the crap that passes for pop music these days.