Robert Wm. Gomez's

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
They Might Be Giants They Might Be Giants 8/10 Yeah, I get it. You went to art school you clever bastards. Fun, smart pop songs, it's no surprise they have become children's... more
Flood They Might Be Giants 4/10 Nobody needs to own more than one They Might Be Giants album. While I enjoy the "hits" on this record, for the most part it... 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
The Meadowlands The Wrens 8/10 I got this CD as a gift from my brother several years ago. I understand why he got it for me. It sits firmly in the land of "... more
Get Action! Teengenerate 6/10 Teengenerate are what I would describe as a Ramones-y punk band. They are much faster and certainly less tuneful than the... more
Ghosts Techno-Animal 6/10 I thought that Techno-Animal, being the electronic side project of the guitarist from Godflesh, would sound more like the... 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
Jackson Tar 10/10 This probably is Tar's best record. It's a wall of loud, lumbering guitars and driving bass lines. This is pretty much what... more
Clincher Tar 9/10 This feels like it must be outtakes or extras from Jackson. "G7" and "Teetering" are the best tracks on the EP. Some... more
Toast Tar 8/10 While this disc starts out with a couple of great Tar tunes it doesn't quite keep the energy up like Jackson does. As... more
Over and Out Tar 9/10 More Tar being Tar. This one has crystal clear production and, wouldn't you know it, a little bit of variety in the song... more
Ages 3 and Up Supernova 7/10 After loving Servotron's latest, and hearing about the similarites with that band, I decided to give Supernova a try. At first... more
This Side Up Supercollider 10/10 Supercollider is my favorite band from the nineties that no one seems to know about. I found about them after reading a short... more
Dual Supercollider 10/10 This is the better of the two Supercollider CDs. The sound is much bigger and they had gotten much more skilled at crafting... more
Here's to Shutting Up Superchunk 7/10 When this record arrived, you could sense the downward trajectory of this band. Not that this is a bad record—Here's to... 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
Tossing Seeds (89-91) Superchunk 9/10 This is the first of several singles comps Superchunk released over the years. Lots of covers and a few alternate versions of... more
Foolish Superchunk 10/10 For most people, this is Superchunk's finest moment. When this came out, I didn't like it and it took several listens before I... more
Incidental Music 1991-95 Superchunk 7/10 The second singles collection from Superchunk is a bit more of a hodgepodge than the last. There are a few great songs but... more
Here's Where the Strings Come In Superchunk 10/10 I may have to reassess where Foolish resides in the Superchunk pantheon. This CD pretty much took the direction set... more
The Laughter Guns Superchunk 8/10 Four pretty good songs and 45 minute long recording from a community radio program in which the hosts deconstruct the lyrics to... more
Indoor Living Superchunk 8/10 These Superchunk reviews are going to get a bit repetitive from here on out. Another good collection of poppy rock songs that... more
Come Pick Me Up Superchunk 8/10 Mostly more of the same from Superchunk but with a lot more non-rock instrumentation like strings and woodwinds thrown in here... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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