Review Throwback: Ty Segall: Twins

For the last six months of so, I’ve been writing album and show review here and there for my pals over at the music blog Little By Listen. I figured since this is, you know, a music blog, I’d do a little review throwback and post them on The Rock Renaissance as well. I know some of the albums are a little outdated, but so are some of the songs I play on the show. I call it Old School.

Ty Segall – Twins 

Release: 10/09/12

Three albums…in one year? Who is this guy? This my friends is the garage rock king, Ty Segall.

First came the psychedelic collaboration Hair with Tim Presley of White Fence. Then came the fuzzed out monster with Charlie Moonheart on Slaughterhouse. Now is the official release and new album from Ty Segall himself, Twins.

After listening to the new album, I had to ask myself, “How does he do it?” Not only is he one of the most prolific artists out there, but everything he puts out is just, well…awesome. It’s clear Ty Segall doesn’t sacrifice quality for quantity.

Twins bursts out of the speakers with more of an aggressive kick than it’s predecessor Goodbye Bread, and with much of the scary fuzz heard on Slaughterhouse. As always, its a hodgepodge of styles in three minute bursts, but the album somehow manages to sound like a cohesive unit. His signature mix of garage rock and psychedelia with monster guitars, catchy hooks, and manic tempos are all still there.

The album opens with the throwback sound of “Thank God For Sinners,” and rolls right into the onslaught of pure punk with “You’re The Doctor.” A few songs like “The Hill” and “Handglams” start out  slow, but end up in the same, manic state as the wilder numbers.

“Would You Be My Love” and “Love Fuzz” are both fun numbers that showcase Ty Segall’s mastery of catchy singalongs. He still has his psych roots with a great wah guitar riff on “Who Are You” and the Beatles-esqe “There Is No Tomorrow.”

If Goodbye Bread showed Ty Segall holding back the power of his music, Twins is certainly the opposite. Only the strummer “Gold On The Shore” tones the guitars back, where others like “They Told Me Too” are as loud and crazy as he can possibly get.

Ty Segall has been compared to the late Jay Reatard (RIP) for his prolific output and louder than life sound. Yet where Jay brought aggression, Ty brings enjoyment, and his music is like a wild hippie dance in the middle of a mosh pit. Always loud and proud, and with three albums this year alone, we can be thankful that there is no slowing the king down.

4/5 – Awesome

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