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Ty Segall - Singles 2

by Rob Taylor Rating:8 Release Date:2014-11-17

Ty Segall is gambling on the money-shot with his latest compilation, $ingles 2. One of the editorial reviews for the earlier Singles 2007-2010 read: “Segall don't care about [success]. He ain't in it for the corporate buck.” Well sure, but no-one can be blamed for wanting to earn a buck from their hard work, right ? Of course, Segall isn't exactly responsible for asinine promo lines, but presumably he does care about market saturation.


So here is a collection dating from 2011-2013 of asides from behind the scenes dating from 2011-2013, Goodbye Bread – Twins – Sleeper era, with some b-sides from singles 'I Can't Feel It', 'The Hill' and 'Would You Be My Love', and some covers, including the Velvets' 'Femme Fatale'.


The earlier Singles 2007–2010 was a blast of hyperbolic agitator rock. Its de rigueur lacklustre production sounded shite, like a lot of homespun garage-rock, but still blasted through the gates like an elk on heat. Segall isn't about subtlety or immodesty, it seems, as he continues to release album after album, his monsoonal talent mostly worthy of our continued patronage.


The latest compilation gels pretty well. The highlights for me are the guitar-work which stutters and comes to an abrupt halt on 'Spider', and the pop successes of 'Falling Hair' and 'Children of Paul', both first-rate songs, and with much better production afforded to them than Segall's early days. 'It's a Problem' is more like an outtake from his work with Tim Presley, the paisley guitar solo very era-specific.


'Fucked Up Motherfucker' (again, so subtle) lives up to its name with excoriating saxophone bleating over some fuzzy guitar with overtures of Marc Bolan. This track single-handedly defines Segall's talent. Its hipness leaves entrails of so many influences, and not for a moment loses credibility because of it. It's all in the gifted songwriting, the incessant swagger of the music, which moves so briskly through its themes. It's always more of a party than a listening experience.


You get the idea. Add another one to your collection. 

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