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.

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Album Title Artistsort descending Rating
Escalation Ennio Morricone 8/10 There is a lot of variety on this soundtrack. It feels similar to the excellent Danger: Diabolik score. But, unlike... more
Macchie Solari Ennio Morricone 8/10 The title track of this giallo soundtrack is a fantastic piece of somber Morricone pop. The rest of the CD is typical creepy... more
I Malamondo / La Tarantola Dal Ventre Nero Ennio Morricone 7/10 I originally bought this dual soundtrack CD because I wanted the music from La Tarantola Dal Ventre Nero. That... more
The Legendary Italian Westerns Ennio Morricone 10/10 This was a very important CD in the development of my musical tastes. It was the starting point of my love of Ennio... more
La Donna Invisibile Ennio Morricone 10/10 A very mellow, bossa nova tinged soundtrack from a film I've never seen. It includes the fantastic "La Moda" which is a jangly... more
Le Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene Ennio Morricone 10/10 Another great soundtrack from the Maestro box set. This one is a split between easy listening bossa numbers and avante garde... more
Slalom Ennio Morricone 7/10 I like this soundtrack well enough, but it doesn't have any of the jazzy or avante-garde elements of my favorite Morricone... 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
Una Lucertola Con La Pelle Di Donna Ennio Morricone 10/10 This was perhaps one of the first non-Spaghetti Western Morricone soundtrack that I discovered and it remains one of my... 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
Il Gatto A Nove Code Ennio Morricone 9/10 With the exception of the title song, "Ninna Nanna In Blu," all of the tracks on this CD are solid Morricone thriller ambiance... more
Gli Occhi Freddi Della Paura Ennio Morricone 8/10 The final CD from the Fear box set is pure experimental improvisation. There isn't much method to this madness, just... more
Revolver Ennio Morricone 10/10 One of three discs included on the Crime box set of Poliziotteschi soundtracks. The highlight of the soundtrack is the... more
Gli Intoccabili Ennio Morricone 7/10 Gli Intoccabili opens with the tense and pounding, "Ballad of Hank McCain." It's reprised three more times on the... more
Giornata Nera Per L'Ariete Ennio Morricone 9/10 Although this disc is part of the Crime box set, the music here is very much in the vein of Morricone's giallo scores... more
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
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
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
Shot Jesus Lizard, The 7/10 The JL's worst album thusfar. Still it kix rox.
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
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

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