Freedom's Goblin (LP)


Ty Segall

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Amoeba Review

01/24/2018

Being prolific is overrated. Sure, any garage punk band can bang out half a dozen or so cassette releases a year, just like any would-be bedroom auteur can fill up a Bandcamp page with hundreds of digital albums titled entirely in lowercase letters. Yet in this ADHD-afflicted age of every bit of content fighting for our eyes and ears at all possible times, quality trumps quantity more than ever. Ty Segall gets this more than anyone. Yes, Freedom’s Goblin marks his 10th studio album in 10 years, not including the insane amount of collaborations and side projects he’s been a part of. While easily his longest album to date, Goblin is far from being more for the sake of more. Instead, the dude happens to be overflowing with great ideas and is far more talented at getting them out quicker than just about anyone else.

 

In the past, certain albums have encapsulated specific moods of Ty’s personality: there was the contemplative Sleeper, the dirty punk of Melted, and the sonic warfare of Slaughterhouse. Since 2014’s Manipulator, Ty has opted to combine and contrast these different sounds more freely on each release, and Goblin is no different. Over these 74 minutes we are treated to a cornucopia of styles, all crowding each other for occupancy in Ty’s already overflowing brain. There’s the hardcore punk of “Meaning” jostling with The Band-via-Blue Cheer stomp of “Fanny Dog.” “Despoiler of Cadaver” brings in some of the earlier DEVO-ism of Emotional Mugger, while the cranked amp heroics of “Alta” have all the subtlety of a Grand Funk Railroad concert. There are plenty of tender moments as well: “My Lady’s On Fire,” contrary to its title, is a sweet, Big Star-indebted ballad. “Cry Cry Cry” is a bucolic pop masterpiece worthy of George Harrison. The biggest winner of all, however, might be the cover of Hot Chocolate’s “Every 1’s a Winner.” With impossibly fuzzy guitars laid atop the deepest, funkiest groove he’s yet committed to tape, it encapsulates the musical tight rope between bombast and tastefulness that Ty Segall walks so deftly. It’s also just one of 19 reasons to listen to what might be his biggest accomplishment yet.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Fanny Dog
Ty Segall 03:39
2.
Rain
Ty Segall 04:05
3.
Every 1's A Winner
Ty Segall 04:18
4.
Despoiler Of Cadaver
Ty Segall 03:52
5.
When Mommy Kills You
Ty Segall 02:47
6.
My Lady's On Fire
Ty Segall 03:52


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Alta
Ty Segall 04:07
2.
Meaning
Ty Segall 03:06
3.
Cry Cry Cry
Ty Segall 03:12
4.
Shoot You Up
Ty Segall 03:20
5.
You Say All The Nice Things
Ty Segall 04:22
6.
The Last Waltz
Ty Segall 02:24


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
She
Ty Segall 06:22
2.
Prison
Ty Segall 01:06
3.
Talkin 3
Ty Segall 02:02
4.
The Main Pretender
Ty Segall 02:59
5.
I'm Free
Ty Segall 02:42


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
5 Ft. Tall
Ty Segall 04:33
2.
And, Goodnight
Ty Segall 12:02

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