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
Oblivians Play 9 Songs with Mr. Quintron Oblivians 10/10 A concept album from the Oblivians, the kings of overdriven blues trash?!? Well, kinda... this is a collection of gospel tunes... more
Veruschka Ennio Morricone 10/10 As far as easy-listening Morricone goes, this is one of his best. There are hints of bossa nova, echo-y instruments and, of... 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
Computer World Kraftwerk 10/10 The last great Kraftwerk record and probably their funkiest release. Yet they maintain most of their analog minimalism... more
Dollface Lights the Pilot!!! Dollface 10/10 This band was perhaps the best kept R'n'R secret in the nation. Hailing from the not-so-exciting Peoria, IL, these guys have... more
Popular Favorites Oblivians 10/10 Another amazing release from these lo-fi Memphis rockers. Buy this record! It will change your life... well,... more
L'Uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo Ennio Morricone 10/10 Morricone's subsequent Giallo soundtracks would rely heavily on improvisational and experimental music. However, this one... more
At Action Park Shellac 10/10 One of the best indie rock records released after I stopped caring about indie rock. Every Shellac album is worth owning. but... 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
Change Becomes Us Wire 10/10 For this record the band finished recording songs that they had been writing back when they broke-up in the late 70's. There... more
Profile: The Ultimate Sparks Collection Sparks 10/10 This two-disc compilation was my introduction to 70s era Sparks. It covers their best songs all the way from their inception as... more
Surfer Rosa Pixies 10/10 The Pixies finest recording. Great raw, live-sounding production by Abini. Many people like Dolittle better than this... 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
Quattro Mosche Di Velluto Grigio Ennio Morricone 10/10 I forgot how much I liked this score. I tend to only remember the prog-rockish opening number because it is such an integral... more
Trio Trio 10/10 This was a weird import CD when I got it and it turns out there are about two dozen versions of this release in various formats... more
Untamed Melodies Untamed Youth, The 10/10 Deke's old band. CD compiles a bunch of this band's great surf tunes. All the tracks are also available on vinyl in various... more
The Legendary Italian Westerns Ennio Morricone 10/10 This was a very important CD in the development of my musical tastes. It was the starting point of my love of Ennio... more
Indagine Su Un Cittadino Al Di Sopra Di Ogni Sospetto Ennio Morricone 10/10 In my mind, this ranks up there with The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as one of Morricone's most memorable scores. It... more
Come Spy With Us Various Artists 10/10 This is a great compilation of mostly 60's era spy movie theme songs (and a few T.V. series themes too). Making a good case for... more
The End Of Rock And Roll "Blind" Rage And Violence 10/10 Guitarist and switchbladist extraordinaire "Blind" Rage is said to be the illegitimate son of Link Wray. From the liner notes... more
Pink Flag Wire 10/10 Wire's first album is the one that all my punk rock friends consider their best. For me, it's a great record but it lacks the... more
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
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
Hello Young Lovers Sparks 10/10 A masterpiece of epic, symphonic goofiness and left-of-center pop structuring. This, along with Lil' Beethoven is... 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
Elvis Elvis Presley 10/10 Unlike his debut album, this one feels much more complete and less like a singles collection. The production is slicker but the... more
America's Funnyman Neil Hamburger 10/10 Neil's premiere long player is an instant classic. It's much less off the wall (e.g. there's no obvious laugh track) than his 7... more
La Donna Invisibile Ennio Morricone 10/10 A very mellow, bossa nova tinged soundtrack from a film I've never seen. It includes the fantastic "La Moda" which is a jangly... more
Metti, Una Sera A Cena Ennio Morricone 10/10 I know I say this about every Morricone record I own, but seriously, this is one of his absolute best scores. Certainly it's... more
Chairs Missing Wire 10/10 Of all the Wire releases, this one is my favorite. The music ranges from dreamy ("French Film Blurred") to punky ("Sand in my... 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
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
Elvis Double Features: Spinout / Double Trouble Elvis Presley 10/10 Spinout remains my favorite Elvis record. You could pair it with thirty minutes modem noises and this CD would still... more
Bartender the Laugh's On Me Neil Hamburger 10/10 WOW!!! Neil provides the side-splitting fun on this awesome work of comedy genius. It includes his take on religion, birth, and... more
Le Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene Ennio Morricone 10/10 Another great soundtrack from the Maestro box set. This one is a split between easy listening bossa numbers and avante garde... more
Dig That Groove Baby Toy Dolls 10/10 Toy Dolls skirt the edge of punk rock and novelty music. As such there will be some people who will find them very annoying,... more
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
More Gone Gassers From The Untamed Youth Untamed Youth, The 10/10 One of my favorite records from the early nineties. This is a great mix of vocal numbers and surf instrumentals featuring Derek... more
Las Vegas Grind Part 3 Various Artists 10/10 FINALLY!! Part 3 in the incredible Las Vegas Grind series. This disc, like its predecessors, is simply incredible and an... more