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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Title Artist Rating Body
Spare Parts Servotron 9/10 I think this was the last CD that Servotron put out. It is a collection of remixes and live versions of previously released… more
Savvy Show Stoppers Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet 10/10 While technically I could say that my love of surfy, guitar-based instrumental music started when I would listen to my parents… more
Dim the Lights, Chill the Ham Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet 10/10 Not much to say here. Another great collection of instrumental perfection from Shadowy Men.
Sport Fishin' - The Lure of the Bait, The Luck of the Hook Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet 9/10 The final Shadowy Men album sounds much better than its predecessors thanks mostly to Albini's roomy recording style. However,… more
At Action Park Shellac 10/10 One of the best indie rock records released after I stopped caring about indie rock. Every Shellac album is worth owning. but… more
1000 Hurts Shellac 9/10 When this came out it felt like a return to form for Shellac. It opens with the fantastic "Prayer to God" which, upon first… more
Excellent Italian Greyhound Shellac 7/10 I think this is my least favorite Shellac album. Sure there are some great tracks on it, as there are on any Shellac album, but… more
Pretty Little Baka Guy - Live in Japan Shonen Knife 6/10 This is one of my wife's CDs that made its way into my collection. Shonen Knife is one of those bands which you kinda laugh at… more
712 Shonen Knife 8/10 I take back a little about what I said in my Pretty Little Baka Guy post. This record definitely has an obvious Beatles vibe… more
Let's Knife Shonen Knife 5/10 I take back what I took back last post. This Shonen Knife album is a bit of a bore. Again, they are trying to sound like the… more
Silver Apples Silver Apples 10/10 Silver Apples are a wild sounding collection of Radio Shack grade electronic noises backed with some great drumming. It's… more
Fat Axl Silverfish 7/10 I bought this CD based on their cover of Grand Master Flash's "White Lines." It's a great cover, albeit a bit too long. The… more
Pappy's Corn Squeezin' Sit n' Spin 7/10 I've already written up this CD at my Planet Pimp website, let's just say this is decent, albeit somewhat generic, rock that… more
Barnyard Favorites Smith's Ranch Boys 7/10 This is a side project by Big Sandy's guitarist. They rock in swingin' western rockabilly style, not unlike the Dave and Deke… more
For Lovers Only Southern Culture on the Skids 7/10 Although there are some great songs on this record ("Nashville Toupee" and "Daddy Was A Preacher But Mama Was A Go-Go Girl"),… more
Ditch Diggin' Southern Culture on the Skids 10/10 Probably my favorite record by SCOTS. All of the checklist items are here: a little twangy country rock, a little reverby surf… more
Peckin' Party Southern Culture on the Skids 8/10 This starts out as a chicken themed EP but it turns out SCOTS only had two chicken songs in them and one of them was a Link… more
Dirt Track Date Southern Culture on the Skids 10/10 The major label follow-up to Ditch Diggin' is every bit as good and the production sounds much better. Even thought it… more
Plastic Seat Sweat Southern Culture on the Skids 9/10 With the addition of a keyboard player, this CD has a slightly different sound than their previous records. SCOTS dabbles a… more
Hello Young Lovers Sparks 10/10 A masterpiece of epic, symphonic goofiness and left-of-center pop structuring. This, along with Lil' Beethoven is… more
Music That You Can Dance To Sparks 8/10 Technically this CD is titled The Best of Sparks: Music That You Can Dance To. I imagine that horribly misleading… more
Interior Design Sparks 4/10 My least favorite Sparks album (Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat is a close second). Pre-2000s Sparks have tended to… more
Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins Sparks 9/10 After Interior Design, Sparks wisely took a six year break to go back to their rooms and think about what they had… more
Balls Sparks 7/10 Although still a dance music record, Balls feels a little more like a rock than Gratuitous Sax ever did. I… more
Lil' Beethoven Sparks 10/10 After a decade and a half of creating dance floor music, Sparks decided to ditch the beats and try something completely new (to… more
Exotic Creatures of the Deep Sparks 8/10 I wasn't sure what to think of this album when I first listened to it. It feels more like a straightforward rock album than… more
Profile: The Ultimate Sparks Collection Sparks 10/10 This two-disc compilation was my introduction to 70s era Sparks. It covers their best songs all the way from their inception as… more
Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming Guitars Of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant 10/10 Hott DAMN!! Insane steel guitar-guitar combo. It's kinda like the Ren and Stimpy theme but more insane and with slide guitar.… more
Break Like the Wind Spinal Tap 4/10 I so much wanted this record to be more than it was. The original Spinal Tap soundtrack was legendary and, even if this didn't… more
Let it Come Down Spiritualized 10/10 I was never much into this band when they were making waves in the late nineties. At some point I decided to give Ladies… more
Amazing Grace Spiritualized 6/10 Apparently, the idea with this record was that Spiritualized would reign in the huge arrangements and get back to basics. Well… more
Astral Astronauts Spoozys 9/10 Spoozys were one of the half dozen or so Japanese bands I saw perform at Japan Nite 2001. Spoozy were my favorite act the… more
Ecologia Del Delitto / Gli Orrori Del Castello Di Norimberga / Cani Arrabbiati Stelvio Cipriani 7/10 This is a double CD set of Mario Bava soundtracks. Cipriani's work is a little corny at times. To my ears, it's often… more
Pow Wow Plus Stephen Mallinder 8/10 Part of a Cabaret Voltaire three-pack I bought. Natural sounds take dominance over the usual electronic noise. If you like… more
Good Violence Subsonics 8/10 Judging from the cover, Subsonics not only borrowed much of their sound from The Velvet Underground they also adopted an… more
Everything Is Falling Apart Subsonics 8/10 This bands rocks in a Cramp's style rockabilly sound with a heavy dose of The Velvet Underground. The mix is stripped down to… more
Copper Blue Sugar 8/10 I've never really liked most of Bob Mould's solo efforts (and later-era Hüsker Dü for that matter). I thought Black Sheets… more
Superchunk Superchunk 8/10 Superchunk has followed a rather standard indie band trajectory by starting their career with a rough, punky debut before… more
No Pocky for Kitty Superchunk 10/10 This was my introduction to Superchunk so, although I don't think it's their best, it still is one of my favorites. The only… more
On the Mouth Superchunk 10/10 Although it can be a toss-up between On the Mouth and Foolish, it think this is my favorite Superchunk record… more