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 Artist Ratingsort descending
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
Doolittle Pixies 9/10 Like most non-hipsters in the late eighties, this was my introduction to the Pixies. I think majority of people consider this... 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
96 Tears Question Mark and the Mysterians 9/10 This is a recent reissue of the 1966 album of the same name. This is an excellent collection of great 60's garage tunes by... more
The Greatest Gift Scratch Acid 9/10 I discovered Scratch Acid after becoming a The Jesus Lizard worshiper. At the time I remember thinking, despite have 50% of the... more
Youth Runs Wild Untamed Youth 9/10 This is the follow-up to Planet Mace and continues much along the same lines. They rely a bit less on originals this time. U.Y... 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
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
Elvis Double Features: Viva Las Vegas / Roustabout Elvis Presley 9/10 Another great two movie compilation from The King. Everyone knows how great "Viva Las Vegas" is, but track two, "If You Think I... more
Replicas Tubeway Army 9/10 After having owned and loved The Pleasure Principle for years, I finally expanded my Gary Numan collection with this... more
As Above, So Below POLES, tHE 9/10 The capitalization challenged tHE POLES are one of the few bands that Nonagon has played with that I actually really like. This... more
Absolute Polysics Polysics 9/10 Absolute Polysics is Polysics at their spazziest. It was pretty jarring a first but I have come to like this record... more
Twelve Winds POLES, tHE 9/10 Twelve Winds is much like their As Above, So Below EP but with more songs! (They must have learned from the... more
Lolita Nelson Riddle 9/10 Although a couple of the pieces on this soundtrack recording sound like they came straight from The Donna Reed Show,... 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
Il Gatto A Nove Code Ennio Morricone 9/10 With the exception of the title song, "Ninna Nanna In Blu," all of the tracks on this CD are solid Morricone thriller ambiance... more
Spare Parts Servotron 9/10 I think this was the last CD that Servotron put out. It is a collection of remixes and live versions of previously released... more
House at the Edge of the Dark Giallos Flame, The 9/10 Thanks to some free mp3 credits from Amazon, this is the first album that I ever purchased as a download! I have to say, I am... more
Ciao Bella! Various Artists 9/10 A fantastic compilation 60's girl-pop songs from Italy. The highlight of the CD is the opening track "Baluba Shake." None of... more
Around the World With Satan's Pilgrims Satan's Pilgrims 9/10 A collection of mildly exotica inspired tune from this Portland surf band. It's much better than some of their earlier releases... more
Major Chaos! Untamed Youth, The 9/10 This is a great collection of rarities from The Untamed Youth that I was hesitant to buy for a long time because I thought I... 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
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
Second Edition Public Image Ltd. 9/10 I always liked P.I.L. much, much more than The Sex Pistols. I'll concede that most of this record is just self-indulgent noise... 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
Ten Years of Toys Toy Dolls 9/10 I got this back when it came out and it was about the only way to get Toy Dolls on CD here in the States (I only had the first... more
The Art of the Theremin Clara Rockmore 9/10 This CD came as part of my Theremin kit I ordered from Big Briar back in the 90s. Just holding a single note is hard enough on... more
Macchie Solari Ennio Morricone 9/10 This is another  solid release in Digitmovies series of giallo soundtracks. The record is comprised, for the most part, of... more
Peace Thru Vandalism / When In Rome Vandals, The 9/10 As a kid growing up in Central Illinois Peace Thru Vandalism was one the first "punk rock" records I ever heard. I... 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
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
Daisychain Reaction Poster Children 9/10 This is the first Poster Children CD that I bought at the time of its release. This was back when they were quickly becoming... more
Boots Nancy Sinatra 9/10 Nancy Sinatra may be best known for being the sister of the great Frank Sinatra Jr., but she also, with the help of Lee... 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
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
Plastic Seat Sweat Southern Culture on the Skids 9/10 With the addition of a keyboard player, this CD has a slightly different sound than their previous records. SCOTS dabbles a... 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
Tool of the Man Poster Children 9/10 After the Poster Children moved to a major label they began to sound tighter, punchier, less-droney and they started mixing... 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
Compact Disc Public Image Ltd. 10/10 Sometime between The Flowers of Romance and this record P.I.L. imploded. P.I.L. had finally shedded the noise and... more