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
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
Planet P Project Planet P Project 2/10 If you weren't born before 1980 you may not remember this, but there was a time, early on in the CD era, when an album's mere… more
Planet Pimp Records Presents...Thee Shatners Thee Shatners 10/10 One of the best releases from Planet Pimp Records is this Star Trek themed collection of surf music. A rare benefit of being… 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
Popular Favorites Oblivians 10/10 Another amazing release from these lo-fi Memphis rockers. Buy this record! It will change your life... well,… 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
Power of Lard EP Lard 6/10 Jello Biafra and Ministry. The first song is great but the rest of the record is an endurance test.
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
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
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
Project Infinity Man... or Astroman? 9/10 Another good release with slightly better production quality than their previous Estrus recordings.
Provisionally Entitled the Singing Fish / Not To Colin Newman 7/10 This CD compiles two solo albums from Colin Newman. Singing Fish  is mostly just Newman noodling around with keyboards… more
Pulp Fiction Various Artists 7/10 By 1994, having become bored with most of indie rock I had been listening to as a college student, I had immersed myself into… more
Pure Guava Ween 8/10 This was my introduction to Ween. At the time I thought of them as They Might Be Giants with profanity. In hindsight I think… 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
Read & Burn 01 Wire 9/10 In 2002 Wire returned after over a decade of dormancy and once again they have changed their musical focus. They had largely… more
Read & Burn 02 Wire 9/10 The second in Wire's 2000's comeback EPs is slightly better than the first but generally it's really just a continuation of the… more
Read & Burn 03 Wire 10/10 The third Read & Burn EP is the best of the lot. The band has moved beyond simply revisiting their punk roots. Now… more
Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights Raymond Scott 9/10 In the past, most people's introduction to Raymond Scott came when some hipster nerd told them that the music from Looney… more
Red Barked Tree Wire 10/10 It took a while warm up to this record. Not nearly as aggressive sounding as the most of post-2000's Wire, Red Barked Tree'… more
Replicas Tubeway Army 9/10 After having owned and loved The Pleasure Principle for years, I finally expanded my Gary Numan collection with this… more
Republic New Order 4/10 New Order always has at least one great track on each of their records ("Regret" in this case). They fill the rest of the CD… more
Revelations Killing Joke 10/10 Everything that was great about What's THIS for...! has been condensed and refined on Revelations. One of my… 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
Ritual Dimension of Sound Mortals, The 7/10 One of the better bands in the slew of Estrus record's straightforward garage rock outfits. They are always better when they… more
Rock Invasion 1-4-5s, The 7/10 The self proclaimed Recyclers of Rock bring us their debut album. The low-down on this band is this: all their songs… more
Roundhouse Tar 7/10 This CD actually compiles Tar's first two releases: Handsome and Roundhouse. While I like many of tunes on… more
RTFM Poster Children 9/10 This record starts out with a bang and is almost as good as Junior Citizen. A couple of the songs near the end aren't… more
Rumble! The Best of Link Wray Link Wray 10/10 Rhino knows how to create an excellent compilation and they have done it again her with this Link Wray sampler. It opens with… more
Runnin' on Empty Vols. 1 & 2 Mummies, The 10/10 The title is very appropriate for this posthumous release from one of the greatest garage rock bands. These two records are… more
Sailing the Seas of Cheese Primus 4/10 Conceptually, Primus is a great band. Weird humorous lyrics, bizarre singing, complicated song structures and expert playing… more
Salaryman Salaryman 8/10 This is the Poster Children's electronic side project. The music is generated mainly with analog and/or cheap synthesisers and… more
Sampler Exotica Yma Sumac 8/10 This one's a short little five song tease of some great big band exotica. If you haven't heard Yma, she is basically a human… more
Sandoz in Dub: Chant to Jah Sandoz 10/10 I am not sure why Richard H. Kirk released this as Sandoz because it doesn't really sound anything like previous Sandoz records… more
Sandoz in Dub: Chapter Two / Extra Time (Under the Stones) Sandoz 9/10 It looks like these days Richard H. Kirk is only releasing his music via iTunes. Personally, I prefer the way Amazon handles… 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
Second Edition Public Image Ltd. 9/10 I always liked P.I.L. much, much more than The Sex Pistols. I'll concede that most of this record is just self-indulgent noise… more
Send Wire 9/10 Send compiles seven of its eleven tracks from the first two Read & Burn EPs. Of the remaining four new… 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
Sex Mad / You Kill Me Nomeansno 9/10 Any Nomeansno record is going to get compared with their masterpiece, Wrong. No, they'll never match the perfection of… more