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
More Gone Gassers From The Untamed Youth Untamed Youth, The 10/10 One of my favorite records from the early nineties. This is a great mix of vocal numbers and surf instrumentals featuring Derek... more
Peace Thru Vandalism / When In Rome Vandals, The 9/10 As a kid growing up in Central Illinois Peace Thru Vandalism was one the first "punk rock" records I ever heard. I... more
Fear of a Punk Planet Vandals, The 4/10 I remember being pretty excited when I bought this CD. I loved the earliest Vandals records and finally being able to get... more
Anthology Vapors, The 10/10 This is basically a CD repackaging of New Clear Days with about a third of the songs from Magnets. The Vapors... more
The Horror Films Collections, Volume 2 Various Artists 9/10 This compilation covers Italian films from the early Seventies all the way to 1991's Hobgoblin and features... more
Whore: Various Artists Play Wire Various Artists 6/10 Tribute/cover albums are a hit or miss. My liking of a track can unfairly depend on two things: first, do like the band doing... more
Come Spy With Us Various Artists 10/10 This is a great compilation of mostly 60's era spy movie theme songs (and a few T.V. series themes too). Making a good case for... more
Ciao Bella! Various Artists 9/10 A fantastic compilation 60's girl-pop songs from Italy. The highlight of the CD is the opening track "Baluba Shake." None of... more
Back from the Grave Volume 9 Various Artists 7/10 The Back from the Grave series seeks to uncover raw sixties garage rock that has a punk-rock sensibility. It's been... more
C'est Chic! Various Artists 9/10 Another great 60's girl group compilation from Ace Records. I think I like the Italian girl singers CD a tad bit more, but this... more
Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Original Cast Recording Various Artists 7/10 Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the greatest musical about a statutory rapist since Subway! The Musical. I saw... more
The Iron Giant Various Artists 10/10 Although it contains two selections from Michael Kamen's score, this is mostly a collection of songs featured in the animated... more
Las Vegas Grind Part 3 Various Artists 10/10 FINALLY!! Part 3 in the incredible Las Vegas Grind series. This disc, like its predecessors, is simply incredible and an... more
Jungle Exotica Part 2 Various Artists 10/10 I have yet to wipe the tears of joy that flow down my cheeks since I bought this disc. Like its predecessor, Jungle Exotica 1,... more
Naked Lunch Various Artists 7/10 I tried very hard to like the book Naked Lunch. All the cool kids thought it was just the bee's knees. Well, when I... more
Strummin' Mental Part Two Various Artists 8/10 This is a compilation of instrumental music from 1957-65. It's equal in quality to the stuff in the Back From the Grave... more
The Planet Pimp Records Good Tyme Jahamboree Various Artists 10/10 Another winner from Sven-Erik and the gang. New David Nudelman song "Vegetabless" and also Deke Dickerson song and a Go... more
The Prisoner Various Artists 10/10 An absolutely fantastic collection of themes and incidental music from the sixties cult T.V. show, The Prisoner. I use... more
Beat, Beat, Beatsville!: Beatnik Rock 'n' Roll Various Artists 9/10 This is a comp of late fifties early sixties novelty rock songs about beatniks. It's very much in-line with stuff like Sin... 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
Sin Alley Part One Various Artists 10/10 This is the first CD reissue of the classic Sin Alley rockabilly reissue series. Contains 30 Rockabilly and R&B "... more
Teenage Doll Various Artists 9/10 This selection from the ever-growing Buffalo Bop re-release CDs feature only female rockers from the 50s. It's much more... more
Terminal City Ricochet Various Artists 7/10 Like any compilation, there will be a range of quality in the songs. Most of the tracks that I really like on this soundtrack I... more
VU Velvet Underground, The 7/10 Another one of my wife's CDs. I've never been much of a fan of this band but here, upon a second or third listen, I think I... more
Greatest Hits Ventures, The 3/10 I bought this from a bargain bin at either Best Buy or some other big box retailer thinking that I would have the definitive... more
The Best of the Waitresses Waitresses, The 10/10 "I Know What Boys Like" was a personal new wave favorite for me as a kid. It was featured on K-tel's The Beat new wave... more
The Pod Ween 7/10 The record is what happens when a band comprised of talented stoners is tasked with creating an LP's worth of music but is not... 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
Wendy and Lisa Wendy and Lisa 4/10 This is another one of those CDs in my collection that I bought because I wanted to buy something while I was out at... more
Object 47 Wire 9/10 While it starts out on a high note with "One of Us," Object 47 doesn't quite live up to the promise of Read &... 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
Strays Wire 9/10 I got this CD as a bonus from ordering Red Barked Tree directly from Wire mail order. The disc opens with re-... more
Change Becomes Us Wire 10/10 For this record the band finished recording songs that they had been writing back when they broke-up in the late 70's. There... more
Pink Flag Wire 10/10 Wire's first album is the one that all my punk rock friends consider their best. For me, it's a great record but it lacks the... more
Chairs Missing Wire 10/10 Of all the Wire releases, this one is my favorite. The music ranges from dreamy ("French Film Blurred") to punky ("Sand in my... more
The Ideal Copy Wire 10/10 After 154, Colin Newman picked up where 154 left off with A–Z and Graham Lewis went the experimental... more
A Bell Is a Cup Until it Is Struck Wire 10/10 Wire continues its slide towards mid-eighties dance music with this collection of songs. There's a dreamy, goth-y quality to... more
It's Beginning to and Back Again Wire 8/10 This is a weird little release that contains alternative versions of many of the songs from A Bell Is a Cup and ... more
Manscape Wire 7/10 The final record of their mid-eighties incarnation has Wire drifting even closer to New Order territory. It's taken me a while... more
Coatings Wire 8/10 Coatings compiles outtakes and alternate mixes of songs from The Ideal Copy and A Bell Is a Cup...... more

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