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.

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Album Title Artistsort ascending Rating
T.S.B. (Tom's Strip and Bowl) Mono Men 4/10 As much as I appreciate Dave Crider and his label Estrus Records, I could never get in to his band, Mono Men. They always... more
The Monkees Greatest Hits Monkees, The 8/10 They may have been a fake band and all, but they had Neil Diamond writing songs for them and that's enough to make The Monkees... more
The Curse of La Lloroña Monarchs, The 9/10 The Monarchs were a 90s garage band from Michigan for which I have always had a big soft spot. Their  LP, Et Vincere et... more
Et Vincere et Mori Monarchs, The 9/10 Lo-Fi rockers!!! Snotty female lead vocals. Some of the best garage music from the 90s.
Muzik for Insomniaks Vol. 1 Mark Mothersbaugh 6/10 This is a collection of digital synthesizer compositions by Devo's frontman, Mark Motherbaugh. The songs a very similar to Devo... more
Muzik for Insomniaks Vol. 2 Mark Mothersbaugh 6/10 Another collection of "EZ Listening" synth arrangements by Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh. There's not much to differentiate this... more
Every Song we Fuckin' Know Marauders, Los 7/10 This is one twisted piece of work. It contains a bunch of fun rockabilly tunes. All of them are accented by lead singer Nobody'... more
Marassa Duo Marassa Duo 10/10 Ever since the release of the movie Drum Line, percussion ensemble music has been all the rage. 50% of Marassa Duo is... more
Is It... Man or Astro-Man? Man... or Astroman? 10/10 Man or Astroman? at their surf-iest. This is pretty much the blueprint for all of their pre Touch and Go records—when they didn... more
Destroy All Astromen!! Man... or Astroman? 10/10 The first of many singles compilations from MorA? These early singles were some of the best racks the band ever created... more
Your Weight on the Moon Man... or Astroman? 8/10 Another early MorA? release with a new version of "Destination Venus" and several other good songs.
Project Infinity Man... or Astroman? 9/10 Another good release with slightly better production quality than their previous Estrus recordings.
Live Transmissions From Uranus Man... or Astroman? 7/10 MorA? had a tendency to re-release songs over-and-over during their early years. This live album is yet another collection of... more
Experiment Zero Man... or Astroman? 9/10 This release represents a revitalized MorA? after a string of average releases. Albini's production makes the band sound a bit... more
What Remains Inside a Black Hole Man or Astroman? 7/10 I think this record has been remastered since I got this CD. In any event, a business-as-usual release for MorA? I think around... more
Intravenous Television Continuum Man or Astroman? 8/10 Another hit-or-miss hodgepodge of redos and covers. Production quality is better than most of the band's previous releases.
Made From Technetium Man or Astroman? 10/10 The band's second Touch 'n' Go release is one of their best. For the most part, they have abandoned their surf rock roots for a... more
My Pet Fish Malka Spigel 8/10 Being as it's the same two people making music, My Pet Fish is a nice complement to Colin Newman's, Bastard.... more
Absolutely Madness 8/10 Not as ska-rific as their first record, yet lacking the pop brilliance of their later records. But still, it's Madness so it's... more
Bedazzled Love Interest, The 8/10 A one-off single featuring drummer extraordinaire Martin Atkins, Jesus Lizard's David Simms, Bowie clone Chirs Connelly and... more
Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed Lou Reed 3/10 I think this is pretty much the antithesis of the kind of music I like. I find Lou Reed (at least this solo stuff) mind-... more
Streets of Chicago: Missing Links Vol. 4 Link Wray 10/10 Unlike Volume 1, which focused on a more rockabilly and countrified Link, this compilation of rarities is full on chains and... 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
Walkin' with Link Link Wray 10/10 This CD compiles Link's early sixties recordings on Epic records. Half the tracks are unreleased versions of songs including... more
Hillbilly Wolf: Missing Links Vol. 1 Link Wray 9/10 This is the CD reissue of Norton's Link Wray series. The CD includes some 5 bonus tracks. If you don't own any Link Wray I'd go... more
Focus on Guitars Lester Peabody 8/10 Lester Peabody is an excellent finger-picking guitarist from Finland. His technical ability is absolutely amazing. At times he... more
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newly 8/10 Well, Gene Wilder died a this week so it's fitting that the next CD in my queue would be the Willy Wonka soundtrack.... more
All-Time Greatest Hits Les Paul & Mary Ford 8/10 A nice little collection of Les Paul & Mary Ford. As one might expect, Lots of fast harpsichord sounding guitars and multi-... more
Chicks & Speed: Futurism Lead into Gold 6/10 Paul Barker's solo project is a slowed-down version of early ninties Ministry. Thankfully he avoids the metal-tinged side of... more
Le Tigre Le Tigre 7/10 Raw grrrl rock backed with a cheesy Alesis 16-B drum machine.
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.
The Last Temptation of Reid Lard 7/10 More Jello plus Ministry. Although it started to sound dated even within a few years of its release, this is not a bad album.... more
Instruments of Terror Laika and the Cosmonauts 9/10 Some of the best 90s surf revival music you can find. On par with The Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet with lots of organ mixed... more
Skull Pounding Game Soundtracks Kranium Muzik 4/10 This is a CD (actually a CD-R) that I grabbed for free when I went to the Game Developers Conference back in 1999. It's filled... more
The Man Machine Kraftwerk 10/10 This is a great record, from the futurist (actually Russian constructivist) art direction to the sci-fi themes, pure perfection... more
Computer World Kraftwerk 10/10 The last great Kraftwerk record and probably their funkiest release. Yet they maintain most of their analog minimalism... more
Trans-Europe Express Kraftwerk 9/10 Trans-Europe Express is a classic record which laid the groundwork for virtually all the electronic dance music that... more
Knight Vision: Hymns for the Invisible Church Knights of the New Crusade, The 9/10 This is what happens when you give up on new music. You stop paying attention to music press and new releases and then great... more
A Challenge to the Cowards of Christendom Knights of the New Crusade, The 10/10 A great follow up to their first Christian garage-rock album. The one is even scuzzier and louder and ends with a great tune... more
My God Is Alive! Sorry About Yours! Knights of the New Crusade, The 9/10 Knights of the New Crusade are America's premiere punk rock Biblical literalists. Religious viewpoint aside, this is some of... more