Ty Segall Album Review
Drag City Records
Released January 27, 2017
Genre: Garage Rock
Ty Segall is today’s garage rock Energizer Bunny. He’s released 9 albums under his solo name since 2008 and shows no signs of slowing down; he’s full of ideas. Sometimes the well runs dry and you have to fetch water from an older well; however, most times Ty Segall delivers fresh and fun songs and this self-titled album is mostly an example of that.
Steve Albini’s production allows Ty’s guitar work to shine clearly over the standard rock instrumentation, guitar work that is stellar. The solos are bright and showy without sounding robotic. The guitar and bass work flow well with each other since the production perfectly balances fuzziness and clarity. This helps make this album, ripe with catchy songs, stick even more. Even when Ty allows the guitar to get downright nonsensical in songs like “Freedom,” every note rings out.
The one thing that doesn’t sound as consistently good is Ty’s voice. This is a rare occurrence that only happens when he tries to take a more nasally tone, like on “The Only One.” That song isn’t awful, though, because he ends it with more guitar wizardry. He also makes up for this on beautiful acoustic songs like “Orange Color Queen,” which is very Beatles influenced.
These aren’t totally novel sounds that he’s working with, but it’s exactly what you wanted from Ty. This is the garage rock you need.
FAV TRACKS: Freedom, Orange Color Queen
LEAST FAV TRACK: The Only One