Universal Truths and Cycles

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Universal Truths and Cycles
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Studio album by Guided by Voices
Released June 18, 2002
Recorded 2001
Genre Indie rock
Length 46:25
Label Matador
Producer Todd Tobias, Guided by Voices
Guided by Voices chronology
Isolation Drills
(2001)Isolation Drills2001
Universal Truths and Cycles
(2002)
Earthquake Glue
(2003)Earthquake Glue2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Dusted Magazine 4/5 stars [2]
Pitchfork Media 7.6/10 [3]
Popmatters favorable [4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [5]
The A.V. Club favorable [6]

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.

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].

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Robert Pollard.

Side A[edit]

  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 B[edit]

  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 media[edit]

  • 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.

References[edit]

  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.