Robert's Record Reviews

I've accumulated a pretty big record/cd collection and, from time to time, I used to write reviews of the latest additions to my collection. Lately, I haven't bought much music. That whole "you turn 30 and buying CDs doesn't seem to be that important" thing hit me. Lately, I have been working my way back through my collection and trying to listen to everything again and put down my thoughts here.

I also have an alternate cover view of this page too.

Album Title Artistsort descending Rating
I Figli Chiedono Perché Ennio Morricone 10/10 Don't be dissuaded by the fact that all the tracks lest one are titled, "I Bambini Ci Chiedono Perche." This isn't one of those... more
Il Poliziotto Della Brigata Criminale Ennio Morricone 9/10 I finally bought this CD after being nagged by my Discogs.com wishlist alert for months. I shouldn't have waited because this... more
La Califfa Ennio Morricone 10/10 For a brief period, this CD was my holy grail of Morricone soundtracks. I took to eBay in search of it only to find sellers who... more
La Donna Domenica Ennio Morricone 9/10 Another great soundtrack re-release from Cinevox. The pieces start mellow and gradually build in tension without quite reaching... more
Veruschka Ennio Morricone 10/10 As far as easy-listening Morricone goes, this is one of his best. There are hints of bossa nova, echo-y instruments and, of... more
L'Ultimo Treno Della Notte Ennio Morricone 8/10 Yet another cool Italian movie soundtrack from Cinevox! The title track features Demis Roussos of Aphrodite's Child(!) on... more
L'Uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo Ennio Morricone 10/10 Morricone's subsequent Giallo soundtracks would rely heavily on improvisational and experimental music. However, this one... more
Quattro Mosche Di Velluto Grigio Ennio Morricone 10/10 I forgot how much I liked this score. I tend to only remember the prog-rockish opening number because it is such an integral... more
Indagine Su Un Cittadino Al Di Sopra Di Ogni Sospetto Ennio Morricone 10/10 In my mind, this ranks up there with The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as one of Morricone's most memorable scores. It... more
Metti, Una Sera A Cena Ennio Morricone 10/10 I know I say this about every Morricone record I own, but seriously, this is one of his absolute best scores. Certainly it's... more
L'Ultimo Uomo Di Sara Ennio Morricone 8/10 The opening title track is a dull, schmaltzy pop song, but once you're past that it ramps up into a tense, Morricone thriller... more
Senza Sapere Niente Di Lei Ennio Morricone 7/10 This is hardly the most memorable Morricone soundtrack. It's a bit repetitive and lacking in hooks, but it provides a decent... more
Spasmo Ennio Morricone 8/10 Another solid giallo score from Morricone. There are three main themes here: "Bambole", "Spasmo", and "Stress Infinito". The... more
Macchie Solari Ennio Morricone 9/10 This is another  solid release in Digitmovies series of giallo soundtracks. The record is comprised, for the most part, of... more
1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) Eurythmics 9/10 Although technically speaking this is a soundtrack, I don't think any of these songs made it into the film 1984. That'... more
House at the Edge of the Dark Giallos Flame, The 9/10 Thanks to some free mp3 credits from Amazon, this is the first album that I ever purchased as a download! I have to say, I am... more
Midnight Express Giorgio Moroder 6/10 It's hard to believe that this soundtrack won the Oscar for original score in 1979. Other than the disco beat of "The Chase,"... more
Lift Your Skinny Hands Like Antennas to Heaven Godspeed You Black Emperor 7/10 Godspeed is, at last count, a ten piece outfit from Canada. This double CD plays like an epic soundtrack. The songs are rich in... more
Broad Appeal Henchmen, The 7/10 This is the bands first full length offering with their new drummer and it is their clearest sounding stuff to date. This is... more
Vertigo Hermann, Bernard 6/10 In my limited listening experience, all Bernard Hermann scores sound pretty much the same. I got this mostly based on Laika and... more
Big Guitars, Western Style Huntington Cads, The 6/10 This is a band lead by ex-Fink Chris Barfield. There a four neat instros on this single. They all have a Morricone feel to them... more
Kick INXS 6/10 This is one of the oldest CDs in my collection. It was given to me as a gift. At the time I never really liked it that much...... more
Sing-A-Longs And Lullabies For The Film Curious George Jack Johnson and Friends 1/10 Horribly boring acoustic guitar music that's sure to appeal middle-aged mommy bloggers and other deranged psychopaths. For... more
Presenting Jackie and the Cedrics Jackie and the Cedrics 9/10 Jackie and the Cedrics are a surf revival band hailing from Japan. In addition to Jackie's trademark hyperactive drumming,... more
Novelty Jawbox 8/10 Good 90s post punk music. Much more rockin' than say, Fugazi, but the songs are not as memorable.
For Your Own Special Sweetheart Jawbox 8/10 More of Jawbox being Jawbox. The only thing that signing to a major may have changed about the band is that this CD seems to... more
Planet of the Apes Jerry Goldsmith 8/10 There are lots of echoes and percussive bursts that elevate this mostly run-of-the-mill film score. It's the appropriate music... more
Head/Pure Jesus Lizard, The 10/10 I'd have to say it's a toss up between Goat and Head as my favorite Jesus Lizard album. Pure/Head shows a lot more variety than... more
Goat Jesus Lizard, The 10/10 Jesus Lizard's finest record. Crazy bluesy licks on top of a pounding rhythm section and off-the-wall vocals. This could... more
Liar Jesus Lizard, The 9/10 Goat laid the ground rules for the Jesus Lizard's sound and Liar solidified it into a formula. It's a swell formula indeed, but... more
Lash Jesus Lizard, The 7/10 A short EP with a couple of good new tracks and 4 live tracks.
Down Jesus Lizard, The 8/10 I like the cover of this one. This CD continues along the lines of Liar. The songs aren't as memorable, but there are... more
Show Jesus Lizard, The 7/10 A live CD. Was noteworthy when it came out because of the unreleased songs, but those songs have since been released with... more
Shot Jesus Lizard, The 7/10 The JL's worst album thusfar. Still it kix rox.
Goldfinger John Barry & Shirley Bassey 10/10 This is an essential item for your record collection. It contains the best Bond song from the best Bond movie. The incidental... more
Star Wars: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack John Williams 7/10 Star Wars kinda soured on me in the early 00's. Yeah, the prequels sucked, but even worse for me was the explosion of... more
Extra Width Jon Spencer Blues Explosion 9/10 The Blues Explosion (at least on these earlier recordings) occupies a nice space between the raw, rootsy rock of bands like the... more
Now I Got Worry Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The 8/10 This record doesn't reach the level of greatness that was established on Orange. There's a level of polish or, dare I... more
Violent Opposition Keith Levene 6/10 A hit-or-miss collection of covers and home-recording style noodling from ex-PIL guitarist Levene. Not as grating as Metal Box... more
The Best of Word Jazz, Vol. 1 Ken Nordine 10/10 This is a great Rhino Records compilation of Ken Nordine's "word jazz"—basically, spoken word stories told over free form... more

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