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 Artist Ratingsort descending
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
Planet P Project Planet P Project 2/10 If you weren't born before 1980 you may not remember this, but there was a time, early on in the CD era, when an album's mere... more
Sunshine on Leith Proclaimers, The 2/10 I think it's quite fitting that, in my CD shelf, this disc sits right night to its brother in crapdom, Primus. I'm not sure... 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
Black Sheets of Rain Bob Mould 3/10 What a supreme disappointment this CD is. Mould would eventually redeem himself in the band Sugar, but man, these songs are... more
Batman Prince 3/10 I think I liked the "Batdance" video on MTV back when this came out. Maybe I was just caught up in Batmania (although I don't... 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
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
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
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
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
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
Sailing the Seas of Cheese Primus 4/10 Conceptually, Primus is a great band. Weird humorous lyrics, bizarre singing, complicated song structures and expert playing... more
Republic New Order 4/10 New Order always has at least one great track on each of their records ("Regret" in this case). They fill the rest of the CD... 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
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
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
New World Record Poster Children 5/10 Well, the Poster Children's run of awesome albums ends here at about track 3. I like the inclusion of synths and always... more
Beers, Steers & Queers (Remixes) Revolting Cocks 5/10 File this one under the "What were we thinking back then?" column. In 1991, this was the bees knees in and around my campus... more
Corpuscle Murder Inc. 5/10 Murder Inc. is basically early 90's Killing Joke with Chris Connelly singing instead of Jaz Coleman. Without the nervous energy... more
Let's Knife Shonen Knife 5/10 I take back what I took back last post. This Shonen Knife album is a bit of a bore. Again, they are trying to sound like the... more
Linger Ficken' Good and Other Barnyard Oddities Revolting Cocks 5/10 By the time this record came out, RevCo had lost much of its lustre for me. I guess I like a few of the tracks well enough, but... more
Labour of Love UB40 5/10 Okay, I'll give them credit for having the balls to misspell "labor" in their record title (USA! USA! USA!), but other than... more
Agents With False Memories Richard H. Kirk 5/10 Cabaret Voltaire's final album ended with a dazzling, CD filling track that drifted between various sonic themes and styles,... more
All Night Burner Crown Royals, The 5/10 Do you like G.E. Smith and the Saturday Night Live Band? Do you view Paul Shaffer as a musical Legend? Then maybe you'll enjoy... more
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
Hot Space Queen 6/10 Growing up, this record (along with the Flash Gordon soundtrack) was what Queen sounded like. I had no idea that their... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Fresh Gasoline Phono-Comb 6/10 Phono-Comb is comprised of the Shadowy Men's rhythm section and a new guitarist. The songs are in the same vein as Shadowy Men... more
The Other Ones Other Ones, The 6/10 This is one of the first CDs I ever bought. I really have no idea what I was thinking at the time because it's kind of lame. I... more
Pretty Little Baka Guy - Live in Japan Shonen Knife 6/10 This is one of my wife's CDs that made its way into my collection. Shonen Knife is one of those bands which you kinda laugh at... more
Bosa Nova Pixies 6/10 And so begins the steady demise of Pixies. This is where the band completely lost hold of any punk roots it may have had and... more
Forbidden Planet Barron, Louis and Bebe 6/10 This is a weird album. It is considered to be one of, if the the first record comprised entirely of electronic sounds and... more
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.

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