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
Happy? Public Image Ltd. 8/10 This is the point in the Public Image Ltd. timeline where John Lydon decided either a) to completely forgo his punk rock roots... more
9 Public Image Ltd. 8/10 9 is more or less a continuation of what Public Image Ltd. was doing on Happy? If anything, I think I like a... more
Art of the State Quatre Tête 7/10 My band has played with Quatre Tête a few times now. They share our taste for weird time signatures and, what's the term, ... more
Hot Space Queen 6/10 Growing up, this record (along with the Flash Gordon soundtrack) was what Queen sounded like. I had no idea that their... 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
Two Nuns and a Pack Mule Rapeman 9/10 There's still quite a bit of Big Black's sound in this Albini follow up project. The guitar (there's only one this time around... more
Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights Raymond Scott 9/10 In the past, most people's introduction to Raymond Scott came when some hipster nerd told them that the music from Looney... more
The GO Sound of the Slots! Revells, The 7/10 This is the original 1965 record that inspired the Phantom Surfers to create their great slot car themed record. The Go... more
Beers, Steers & Queers (Remixes) Revolting Cocks 5/10 File this one under the "What were we thinking back then?" column. In 1991, this was the bees knees in and around my campus... more
Linger Ficken' Good and Other Barnyard Oddities Revolting Cocks 5/10 By the time this record came out, RevCo had lost much of its lustre for me. I guess I like a few of the tracks well enough, but... more
Can't Stand the Rezillos: The (Almost) Complete Rezillos Rezillos, The 8/10 This is a scottish punk band from the seventies. They are responsible for the original Destination Venus. The songs on... more
Disposable Half-Truths Richard H. Kirk 6/10 This is an early solo effort from Cabaret Voltaire's Richard H. Kirk. It came in a three-pack CD set with a Malinder's Pow... more
Virtual State Richard H. Kirk 10/10 After the end of Cabaret Voltaire, Kirk went on to record a zillion solo records under different names. This is trippy and... more
Agents With False Memories Richard H. Kirk 5/10 Cabaret Voltaire's final album ended with a dazzling, CD filling track that drifted between various sonic themes and styles,... more
LoopStatic [amine ß ring modulations] Richard H. Kirk 8/10 The title does a good job in describing this release. Kirk seems to have shifted away from sequenced sounds and more toward... more
The Number of Magic Richard H. Kirk 10/10 This record fits nicely along side Virtual State. This is atmospheric electronica that the laptop kids probably have a... more
Warm in your Coat Romeo Void 7/10 Like many one-hit-wonders, that one hit (in this instance "Never Say Never") sounds completely different than the rest of the... more
Oh Yeah, Baby Royal Pendletons 8/10 This is the debut LP from this New Orleans frat-rock combo. This is a really good album. The opening track is one of the best... more
The Rutles Rutles, The 10/10 The Rutles make you realize just how unique, yet weirdly predicatable the Beatles were. Although intended as a joke, the lyrics... more
Salaryman Salaryman 8/10 This is the Poster Children's electronic side project. The music is generated mainly with analog and/or cheap synthesisers and... more
Karoshi Salaryman 9/10 Another collection of analog synth laden songs from the members of Poster Children. This one feels a bit more focused and less... 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
The Best Of Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs 10/10 I found this used for $4! A 1967 collection of the best of this clever band from the 60's. It's got Wooly Bully, Li'l Red... more
Every Man Got Dreaming Sandoz 8/10 When not using the Sandoz moniker to make intense dub reggae albums, Richard H. Kirk's side project sounds much like his other... more
Digital Lifeforms Sandoz 9/10 Since the demise of Cabaret Voltaire, Richard H. Kirk has had about a zillion solo projects all with different names. It's a... 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
Sandoz in Dub: Chapter Two / Extra Time (Under the Stones) Sandoz 9/10 It looks like these days Richard H. Kirk is only releasing his music via iTunes. Personally, I prefer the way Amazon handles... 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
Soul Pilgrim Satan's Pilgrims 8/10 Satan's Pilgrims are one of the better surf bands to have emerged during the 90s surf revival. Despite the album title and the... more
At Home With Satan's Pilgrims Satan's Pilgrims 7/10 Competent and straightforward surf music from this Portland group. This record isn't the most exciting stuff this band has done... 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
My Brain Hurts Screeching Weasel 7/10 This is one of the CDs that my wife owned before we got married. I think she bought it on the advice of my roommate who, along... 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
No Room for Humans Servotron 10/10 The first full-length outing by Servotron. More songs about the elimination of the human race. Includes songs... more
Electrical Power Sources for the Electrocution and Extinction of the Human Race... Servotron 6/10 Another single from this ManorAstroman?-esque/Supernova-esque project. Not quite as good as the Bad Birthday single but still... more
Celebration of Annihilation Servotron 9/10 Robot rock! This band is rumored to contain member(s) of Man or Astroman? and Supernova (I've since found out that this is not... more
Entertainment Program for Humans (Second Variety) Servotron 10/10 Where have all the good schtick bands gone? Servotron were an awesome concept and the music was equally great. Their second... 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
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.
Sport Fishin' - The Lure of the Bait, The Luck of the Hook Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet 9/10 The final Shadowy Men album sounds much better than its predecessors thanks mostly to Albini's roomy recording style. However,... more

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