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
Anthology Vapors, The 10/10 This is basically a CD repackaging of New Clear Days with about a third of the songs from Magnets. The Vapors... more
154 Wire 10/10 Wire is quickly becoming one of my favorite bands. Sure they're arty and all, but I can't get over the richness of their songs... 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
I Figli Chiedono Perché Ennio Morricone 10/10 Don't be dissuaded by the fact that all the tracks lest one are titled, "I Bambini Ci Chiedono Perche." This isn't one of those... more
Pharaohization! The Best of Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs 10/10 Rhino knows how to put together a great compilation and this 24-track "Best of" Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs is no exception... more
Read & Burn 03 Wire 10/10 The third Read & Burn EP is the best of the lot. The band has moved beyond simply revisiting their punk roots. Now... 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
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
Hollywood Barndance Dave and Deke Combo, The 10/10 Great hillbilly tunes. These are perhaps some of the most talented hicks around.
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
Runnin' on Empty Vols. 1 & 2 Mummies, The 10/10 The title is very appropriate for this posthumous release from one of the greatest garage rock bands. These two records are... more
Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming Guitars Of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant 10/10 Hott DAMN!! Insane steel guitar-guitar combo. It's kinda like the Ren and Stimpy theme but more insane and with slide guitar.... more
Savvy Show Stoppers Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet 10/10 While technically I could say that my love of surfy, guitar-based instrumental music started when I would listen to my parents... more
XXX Party Phantom Surfers, The 10/10 After years of releasing full-length surf records sprinkled with a few jokes and some schtick, The Phantom Surfers finally made... more
Junior Citizen Poster Children 10/10 This is Poster Children at their very best. After pretty much defining the drone-tastic Champaign-Urbana style of the early 90'... 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
David Nudelman Lays an Egg David Nudelman 10/10 Speaking of David Nudelman, I think it would be mistake to leave this record off this list. This is David's greatest release to... more
La Califfa Ennio Morricone 10/10 For a brief period, this CD was my holy grail of Morricone soundtracks. I took to eBay in search of it only to find sellers who... more
Sandoz in Dub: Chant to Jah Sandoz 10/10 I am not sure why Richard H. Kirk released this as Sandoz because it doesn't really sound anything like previous Sandoz records... more
The Best of the Waitresses Waitresses, The 10/10 "I Know What Boys Like" was a personal new wave favorite for me as a kid. It was featured on K-tel's The Beat new wave... more
Dim the Lights, Chill the Ham Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet 10/10 Not much to say here. Another great collection of instrumental perfection from Shadowy Men.
Red Barked Tree Wire 10/10 It took a while warm up to this record. Not nearly as aggressive sounding as the most of post-2000's Wire, Red Barked Tree'... more
No Pocky for Kitty Superchunk 10/10 This was my introduction to Superchunk so, although I don't think it's their best, it still is one of my favorites. The only... 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
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
On the Mouth Superchunk 10/10 Although it can be a toss-up between On the Mouth and Foolish, it think this is my favorite Superchunk record... 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
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
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