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 descending Rating
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
My God Is Alive! Sorry About Yours! Knights of the New Crusade, The 9/10 Knights of the New Crusade are America's premiere punk rock Biblical literalists. Religious viewpoint aside, this is some of... more
Knight Vision: Hymns for the Invisible Church Knights of the New Crusade, The 9/10 This is what happens when you give up on new music. You stop paying attention to music press and new releases and then great... more
Trans-Europe Express Kraftwerk 9/10 Trans-Europe Express is a classic record which laid the groundwork for virtually all the electronic dance music that... 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
Computer World Kraftwerk 10/10 The last great Kraftwerk record and probably their funkiest release. Yet they maintain most of their analog minimalism... 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
Instruments of Terror Laika and the Cosmonauts 9/10 Some of the best 90s surf revival music you can find. On par with The Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet with lots of organ mixed... 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.
The Last Temptation of Reid Lard 7/10 More Jello plus Ministry. Although it started to sound dated even within a few years of its release, this is not a bad album.... more
Le Tigre Le Tigre 7/10 Raw grrrl rock backed with a cheesy Alesis 16-B drum machine.
Chicks & Speed: Futurism Lead into Gold 6/10 Paul Barker's solo project is a slowed-down version of early ninties Ministry. Thankfully he avoids the metal-tinged side of... more
All-Time Greatest Hits Les Paul & Mary Ford 8/10 A nice little collection of Les Paul & Mary Ford. As one might expect, Lots of fast harpsichord sounding guitars and multi-... more
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newly 8/10 Well, Gene Wilder died a this week so it's fitting that the next CD in my queue would be the Willy Wonka soundtrack.... more
Focus on Guitars Lester Peabody 8/10 Lester Peabody is an excellent finger-picking guitarist from Finland. His technical ability is absolutely amazing. At times he... more
Hillbilly Wolf: Missing Links Vol. 1 Link Wray 9/10 This is the CD reissue of Norton's Link Wray series. The CD includes some 5 bonus tracks. If you don't own any Link Wray I'd go... 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
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