Whatever you think about Guided by Voices - and I don't think it's unfair to say they've always been something of an acquired taste - there's certainly no faulting their work ethic. Motivational Jumpsuit is their fifth record in a little over two years, with singer Robert Pollard nixing his own suggestion that their last album, English Little League, would be the final Guided by Voices release by announcing Jumpsuit to be the first of two new efforts this year, with Cool Planet to follow.

There are certain circumstances in their favour, of course, when it comes to being this prolific; they don't have the distraction of overseas touring - Pollard's crippling fear of flying sees to that - and have a tendency to turn out tracks that average two minutes in duration, and that don't sound as if they were pored over especially carefully in the studio. It seems, perhaps, that the task of putting together retrospective setlists when they first began playing reunion shows back in 2010 has rubbed off on their writing; the four post-reformation albums to date have all been characterised by a variety that seems to chart the various changes in direction that the band took during their initial run, and it's a pattern that Motivational Jumpsuit also follows over the course of its twenty tracks.

There's plenty of power-pop; I get the impression that's what Pollard tends to gravitate towards most naturally at this point. Opener 'Littlest League Possible' pairs bouncy guitars with an almost stroppy vocal turn, and 'Vote for Me Dummy' follows a similar formula, albeit with a more melodic riff. It's not all one-track, either; the brooding 'Go Without Packing' is delivered in a spacey, reverb-heavy fashion that inevitably recalls The Jesus and Mary Chain, whilst 'Record Level Love' taps into the sunnier side of C86, jangly guitars drifting alongside Tobin Sprout's mellow vocal.

In fact, Pollard's decision to tone down the level of personal autonomy he'd brought into the last couple of Voices records works nicely here; it almost feels as if he's welcoming Sprout back into the fold, giving him a little more room to put his own stamp back on the Voices sound. The lackadaisical nostalgia of 'Shine' is a case in point, as is 'Calling Up Washington'; Sprout's contributions as are every bit as lo-fi as Pollard's, but they're softer around the edges, lending Jumpsuit a nicely balanced feel.

I can't imagine, even if they do keep up this level of output, that Guided by Voices are ever going to make another record that feels as significant as Bee Thousand did; I think that's more to do with times having changed than the band themselves. They are, though, continuing to turn out records more than worthy of the Voices name. There'll be plenty of peaks and troughs to come, you suspect, which comes with the territory when you're quite this prolific, but nobody will begrudge the band this ongoing reunion for as long as they're making music on their own terms.