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 Artistsort descending Rating
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
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
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
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
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
Bedazzled Love Interest, The 8/10 A one-off single featuring drummer extraordinaire Martin Atkins, Jesus Lizard's David Simms, Bowie clone Chirs Connelly and... more
Absolutely Madness 8/10 Not as ska-rific as their first record, yet lacking the pop brilliance of their later records. But still, it's Madness so it's... more
My Pet Fish Malka Spigel 8/10 Being as it's the same two people making music, My Pet Fish is a nice complement to Colin Newman's, Bastard.... more
What Remains Inside a Black Hole Man or Astroman? 7/10 I think this record has been remastered since I got this CD. In any event, a business-as-usual release for MorA? I think around... more
Intravenous Television Continuum Man or Astroman? 8/10 Another hit-or-miss hodgepodge of redos and covers. Production quality is better than most of the band's previous releases.
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
Live Transmissions From Uranus Man... or Astroman? 7/10 MorA? had a tendency to re-release songs over-and-over during their early years. This live album is yet another collection of... 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
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

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