Ty Segall

Rating: 9/10

Following the eight full-length albums that have spanned across nine years, Ty Segall released a re-birth of his sound with his second self-titled record on Jan. 27.

After 2016’s “Emotional Mugger,” Segall’s newest release sticks to the fuzz-rock name, but sounds a little cleaner as the album plays out and ranges in diverse sound.

Authentic rock has spiraled into an infinite amount of sub-genres and music that lacks real feelings and self-expression, especially in mainstream radio rock, but when you listen to Ty Segall, you’re pulled back in time and transported to laying in your bedroom circa 1975.

The ten-track album introduces itself with a slam on each instrument in unison in “Break A Guitar,” which gives way to the garage rock number composed of prominent guitar hits and gnarly drum fills, giving you a small taste of the crazy riffs and sounds that lay ahead.

The second track, “Freedom,” effortlessly bleeds into “Warm Hands (Freedom Returned),” which is a prominent song due to its insane tempo changes and length. This tune lasts a little over 10 minutes, which was a change of pace for Ty Segall’s usual three-to-five-minute song duration. It starts off with a steady pace and a groovy sound, but as it progresses it flows into heavy, fast instrumentals that demand head-banging, feet-kicking movement, following up with calm guitar riffs and light drum taps. This jam is a conscious reminder of the sounds and feelings evoked from Black Sabbath’s “Symptom of the Universe,” from their 1975 album, “Sabotage.

Once that long jam fades out into a series of ringing tones, “Talkin’” begins with an old-country vibe and a steady beat that gets jazzed up by Ben Boye’s talented fingers on the keys.

After the mellow and light “Talkin,’” comes “The Only One” and “Thank You Mr. K.” Each evolve around the key elements of garage rock while incorporating complimentary psychedelic riffs.

“Thank You Mr. K” also includes sounds of shattering glass and messy pounds on the piano accompanied by the intense lyrics, “Murder, Doctor/Politician is a cow/Bleeding in my pocket now,” an ode to Ty Segall’s punk roots.  

Contrasting the dirty punk vibe, “Orange Color Queen,” starts and stays slow and sensual. Segall’s voice beautifully sings the lyrics “Oh you’re my cherry fizzle sundae/Oh you’re a tree inside of an airplane/You’re beautiful lazy/Orange color lady,” creating visions of honey sweet love in your brain.

The album finishes up with “Papers,” “Take Care (To Comb Your Hair)” and a 16-second track appropriately named “Untitled.”

While the two pretty, melodic tunes trigger memories of Lou Reed’s vocals, “Untitled” closes the album with three drumstick claps, two slams on the guitar and distant laughter bringing an ambiguous finish to a diverse, yet cohesive album that will remain an example of pure authenticity.

Selena Aguilera has been a dedicated fan of Ty Segall’s since a year after his 2010 LP, “Melted,” was released. She dived into his full discography and goes crazy for his talented and authentic guitar riffs. Selena has been an avid fan and concert attendee for all things garage rock and Ty Segall reaches her top ten favorite talents in the genre.


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