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
Killington Lost Killington Lost 10/10 This was the last band my brother was in before he left college. Great walls of guitar sound mixed with quiet parts. I am... more
Change (The Youth Mixes) Killing Joke 8/10 Youth returned to the band prior to Pandemonium with these dancy remixes of "Change" and "Requiem." Nothing too... more
Change (Spiral Tribe Mixes) Killing Joke 7/10 More studio knob-twisting and abient rethinkings of "Change" and "Requiem."
Killing Joke Killing Joke 8/10 First Killing Joke record is not their best, but has a few classics on it: "Wardance" and "Change." They hadn't quite settled... more
What's THIS for...! Killing Joke 9/10 Brutal, pounding, post-punk genius. Post apocalyptic tribal beats that many fans consider their best. I prefer the two follow... 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
Fire Dances Killing Joke 10/10 This is my favorite Killing Joke album. It's a great fusion of the more mainstreamed, dancable Joke that would soon follow and... more
Night Time Killing Joke 10/10 Punk rock for the dance floor! One of my most listened too albums during my late high school years. The hit "Eighties" made... more
Brighter Than a Thousand Suns Killing Joke 9/10 Killing Joke took everything that was great about Nightime's "Love Like Blood" and ran with it on this release. There'... more
Outside the Gate Killing Joke 5/10 Okay, this is hands-down Killing Joke's worst album. It's not so much that it is a bad record, it is just not what you want... more
Exremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions Killing Joke 8/10 It took Martin Atkins pounding drums to knock some sense back into Jaz Coleman. The band conscientiously returned to its more... more
Pandemonium Killing Joke 8/10 Having veered off course for a few records, this CD seems like the natural progression from Thousand Suns. The band is... more
Democracy Killing Joke 6/10 Very much along the same lines as Pandemonium but something doesn't quite click here. Maybe the cleaner production... more
Killing Joke (2003) Killing Joke 9/10 Killing Joke proves they can still crank up the angst on yet another "comeback" album. There's no innovation here, but the... more
Wilful Days Killing Joke 9/10 A great collection of singles and extended mixes from the EG years. I had a few of these on 7" vinyl and it was nice to get... more
Laugh? I Nearly Bought One! Killing Joke 8/10 A greatest hits compilation. The only reason I bought it was to get the tracks "Turn to Red" and "Pssyche" on CD. Otherwise,... more
The Best of Word Jazz, Vol. 1 Ken Nordine 10/10 This is a great Rhino Records compilation of Ken Nordine's "word jazz"—basically, spoken word stories told over free form... more
Violent Opposition Keith Levene 6/10 A hit-or-miss collection of covers and home-recording style noodling from ex-PIL guitarist Levene. Not as grating as Metal Box... more
Now I Got Worry Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The 8/10 This record doesn't reach the level of greatness that was established on Orange. There's a level of polish or, dare I... more
Extra Width Jon Spencer Blues Explosion 9/10 The Blues Explosion (at least on these earlier recordings) occupies a nice space between the raw, rootsy rock of bands like the... more
Star Wars: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack John Williams 7/10 Star Wars kinda soured on me in the early 00's. Yeah, the prequels sucked, but even worse for me was the explosion of... more
Goldfinger John Barry & Shirley Bassey 10/10 This is an essential item for your record collection. It contains the best Bond song from the best Bond movie. The incidental... more
Shot Jesus Lizard, The 7/10 The JL's worst album thusfar. Still it kix rox.
Head/Pure Jesus Lizard, The 10/10 I'd have to say it's a toss up between Goat and Head as my favorite Jesus Lizard album. Pure/Head shows a lot more variety than... more
Goat Jesus Lizard, The 10/10 Jesus Lizard's finest record. Crazy bluesy licks on top of a pounding rhythm section and off-the-wall vocals. This could... more
Liar Jesus Lizard, The 9/10 Goat laid the ground rules for the Jesus Lizard's sound and Liar solidified it into a formula. It's a swell formula indeed, but... more
Lash Jesus Lizard, The 7/10 A short EP with a couple of good new tracks and 4 live tracks.
Down Jesus Lizard, The 8/10 I like the cover of this one. This CD continues along the lines of Liar. The songs aren't as memorable, but there are... more
Show Jesus Lizard, The 7/10 A live CD. Was noteworthy when it came out because of the unreleased songs, but those songs have since been released with... more
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
Novelty Jawbox 8/10 Good 90s post punk music. Much more rockin' than say, Fugazi, but the songs are not as memorable.
For Your Own Special Sweetheart Jawbox 8/10 More of Jawbox being Jawbox. The only thing that signing to a major may have changed about the band is that this CD seems to... more
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
Sing-A-Longs And Lullabies For The Film Curious George Jack Johnson and Friends 1/10 Horribly boring acoustic guitar music that's sure to appeal middle-aged mommy bloggers and other deranged psychopaths. For... more
Kick INXS 6/10 This is one of the oldest CDs in my collection. It was given to me as a gift. At the time I never really liked it that much...... more
Big Guitars, Western Style Huntington Cads, The 6/10 This is a band lead by ex-Fink Chris Barfield. There a four neat instros on this single. They all have a Morricone feel to them... more
Vertigo Hermann, Bernard 6/10 In my limited listening experience, all Bernard Hermann scores sound pretty much the same. I got this mostly based on Laika and... more
Broad Appeal Henchmen, The 7/10 This is the bands first full length offering with their new drummer and it is their clearest sounding stuff to date. This is... more
Lift Your Skinny Hands Like Antennas to Heaven Godspeed You Black Emperor 7/10 Godspeed is, at last count, a ten piece outfit from Canada. This double CD plays like an epic soundtrack. The songs are rich in... more
Midnight Express Giorgio Moroder 6/10 It's hard to believe that this soundtrack won the Oscar for original score in 1979. Other than the disco beat of "The Chase,"... more