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Happy Days! Ty Segall is back! Back with a mammoth 17-song album which sees him return from his patchy recent acoustic diversions to the fuzzy garage pop of albums like 'Melted' and 'Twins'. One thing that's quickly notable this time around is that he seems to be really letting loose and having fun, with the opening distorto-fest of the title track giving way to the trippy beach-pop riffing of 'Tall Man Skinny Lady', disintegrating from a cheeky pop hit into crumbling, crackling distortion with snotty glee. You can practically see the gleam in his eye just listening to it.
It's also Segall's most varied and ambitious album to date, even reaching for a string section on Beatles-esque plodder 'The Singer' but still with that snarling guitar crunch backing him up...then he ups the ante to punk pace on 'It's Over' before another bouncy number 'Feel'. Just when I was fearing Segall had started to lose momentum, he's come back with this sprawling double LP full of ferocious, focused, fuzzy pop genius that crystallises everything that's great about the previous albums and amplifies it. It's a glorious rush of casual guitar shred and intuitive pop genius. Garage rockers take note: Segall has raised the (already intimidatingly high) bar. I'm going to listen to this on repeat all weekend.
9/10 kimbo Customer review, 30th December 2014
Album of the year if you ask me. Ty Segall has done it. Though I'm not the greatest fan of his work up to now.
This is an excellently executed pop-rock album with great production and a lot of glam influences (from what I hear anyway...).
Nice double orange vinyl. Yeah, I know, doesn't say so on the site or album sticker so... there you go.
6/10 Grumpy Tomato Customer review, 15th October 2014
This record's a strange one.
On paper, it's all peachy: solid, straightforward pop songs made with unquestionable expertise. Each of the 16 songs following the absolutely atrociously bad opener really could be the main single here. But there's something vital missing: there's almost no emotional depth in any of these "hits".
Ty Segall's really playing it safe this time around compared to rest of his vast (and much more rapidly produced) discography. The songs on Manipulator, while well polished, lack severely in presence, especially on Ty's vocals. The execution feels almost senile: no risks, no changes, just calculated hits one after another. As it stands now Mr. Segall is well headed towards becoming the next Vevo-celebrity or MTV's playdog, which is really painful to think about considering the beautiful fuck-everyone attitude of some of his earlier, gritty but innovative, albums (Melted, I'm looking at you!).
What I really hope to see from Ty in the future is him putting himself in the line instead of playing it safe without much emotional investment. If that means fastly produced, somewhat undercooked albums, so be it.
10/10 James Customer review, 21st August 2014
I first introduced myself to the hyperactive music machine that is Ty 'flock of' Segall(s) with 2012s garage/folk collab with White Fence 'Hair' and i'm happy to announce it's been an absolute frickingggg blast ever since. That same year came the Ty Segall Band's slash n burn fest 'Slaughterhouse' and the Glammed up 'Twins.' If that wasn't enough in 2013 he teamed back up up with Charlie Moonheart under the Fuzz alias to knock the ball out MOTHER FUZZING PARK all together before somewhat winding things down with reflective solo album 'Sleeper' which in all honesty barring a few moments of inspiration felt like he was running out of steam. Understandble the bloke must have only been sleeping for 2 hours a night.
And then quiet... until now
'Manipulator' is a delightful snotty melting pot of all that came before and oh my word he has absolutely nailed it!!! I was worried when i heard he was heading off into the studio 'proper'... slightly concerned the spontaneity of those previous LPs may be lost. Fear not kind folks for Ty and the gang have absolutely cemented their place at the top of the garage/psych/whatever tree with an outstanding album that incorporates everything you love about fuzzy, distorted yet melodic as hell guitar music rolled into one sumptuos double LP. A genius return to form and along with John 'Thee Oh Sees' Dwyer... a true hero of our time. Click buy! it'll be the best thing you do all year.
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