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Emotional Mugger

Ty Segall

Emotional Mugger

Eighth solo album from the prolific lo-fi San Francisco garage rocker

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Drag City
UK Release date
22/01/2016
US Release date
22/01/2016
  1. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    He’s developed as a songwriter, he’s grown more adventurous and even more dependable
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  2. 9.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Fuzz seeps in from every corner. Segall doesn’t so much take a solo as he does practically rip the strings off his guitar
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  3. 9.0 |   Beardfood

    He's still fucking got it and then some
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  4. 8.5 |   Art Rocker

    Here there is more care and beneath the disparate noises that sometimes emit from the record is a cohesive feel that is sometimes missing
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  5. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    He both parodies and masterclasses modern day garage rock
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  6. 8.4 |   Paste Magazine

    Yet another testament to that seemingly insatiable desire for provoking, for poking and for pulling the wool over the eyes of his audience
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  7. 8.0 |   NOW

    After a few listens, hidden melodies reveal themselves and easy-listening bass lines guide you through the ruckus
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  8. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Emotional Mugger is a wild-eyed beast of a record; unafraid to stamp through the effects pedals with a delirious glee
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  9. 8.0 |   The FT

    A heavy but highly catchy set of songs with riffs like electric storms, wild shredding and freaky psychedelic effects
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  10. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Brings a return to the heady old days where parents would burst into their offspring’s bedrooms demanding that they “Turn this shit down”. Don’t listen, though
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  11. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Ty Segall has always reliably subscribed to rockist orthodoxy, but he’s left room enough on his new album for noisy evolution
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  12. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    One of the most exhilarating and original albums he's ever done
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  13. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Another successful release from Segall, who has yet to truly disappoint
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  14. 8.0 |   The Music

    A real psychedelic voyage where others only dream to trip
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  15. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    There's nothing mild about Emotional Mugger; it has an overwhelming sense of madness, but it's addictive nonetheless
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  16. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    Upon first listen fans and newcomers alike may struggle with what can sometimes be an incoherent mess. But the chaos that ensues is what makes the album so special
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  17. 7.8 |   Earbuddy

    A slight, but great, step backwards
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  18. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    The main two highlights are the strutting “Mandy Cream” and the bass-heavy closer “The Magazine”
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  19. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    One of his less hooky albums, and its mid-tempo pace means some of these songs stagnate a bit. But this is all forgivable considering just how inspired it is
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  20. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Bolsters his status as a singular mind in today’s rock landscape while keeping that reputation in his control
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  21. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    Maybe its diciest moments can be chalked up to the album's inherent feeling of uneasiness, but Emotional Mugger still feels transitional
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  22. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It’s an over-caffeinated, wide-eyed blast of psychedelia and distorted guitars that highlights Segall’s pure musical talent, even if it ultimately comes off a bit slight
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  23. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Emotional Mugger is a nastier street-punk version of his Manipulator approach
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  24. 7.0 |   Spin

    He’s no less willing to go out on a limb — but in pursuit of his beloved candy, he is learning to rein in his more abstract impulses
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  25. 7.0 |   Clash

    Divisive, but all the more brilliant for it
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  26. 7.0 |   All Music

    Emotional Mugger is a stiff shot of raw, cocky joy that hits its target beautifully
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  27. 6.0 |   State

    Emotional Mugger is at times a frustrating listen (penultimate track ‘W.U.O.T.W.S’ is a maddening sound collage) but certainly carries enough about it to make it worthwhile
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  28. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    He’s got tunes when he wants them – Candy Sam, in particular, is terrific – but it’s an uncomfortable, dissonant record, a bad trip rather than a mellow high
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  29. 6.0 |   DIY

    An album bursting with ideas, it too often disappears up its own - let’s say - ego
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  30. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    An album that's only intermittently satisfying, stranded halfway toward an interesting concept
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