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 ascending Rating
Sing and Play the Three Doctors and Other Sounds of Today Zip Code Rapists 9/10 Before Gregg Turkington was creating anti-comedy as Neil Hamburger, he was, along with guitarist John Singer, creating anti-... more
Parasitic Clones Under The Strong Arm Of The Robotic Machine Zebras 7/10 This is some nice Wisconsin spaz-rock that, with it's Devo inspired hard-rock sound, fits in nicely alongside The Polysics.
Field / Noise Zebras 8/10 This is a limited issue, three track CD I picked up at a Zebras show. The songs are unlabeled and it's in a hand made CD sleeve... more
Painful Yo La Tengo 9/10 I am glad I never got in to Yo La Tengo whilst they were coming into prominence. I probably would have bought everything they... more
Painful Yo La Tengo 9/10 Yo La Tengo is a band that's been around forever and is beloved by indy-rockers. They alternate between feedback-filled guitar... 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
The Ultimate Yma Sumac Collection Yma Sumac 9/10 Yma Sumac had a voice that supposedly spanned five octaves. That alone would make for an interesting recording artist, but here... more
Big City After Dark: Missing Links Volume 2 Wray, Link 9/10 Discogs.com has been nagging me for months that this was available for cheap from a number of resellers and completing my... 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
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
154 Wire 10/10 Wire is quickly becoming one of my favorite bands. Sure they're arty and all, but I can't get over the richness of their songs... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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

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