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Ty Seagall Band takes us to a 'Slaughterhouse' of delight

Published: Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2012 18:07

Ty Segall Band

Slaughterhouse
(In The Red)
Grade: B

Rollercoasters tend to have signs on them warning those with heart conditions about the dangers of buckling in. That same warning should be plastered all over this record.

Ty Segall Band’s Slaughterhouse starts with 50 seconds of pain. The opening track “Death” is an earful of ruckus. It feels like a musical slap in the face but is a fantastic way to shake you awake and prepare you for the rest of the album, which is not a walk in the park.

The distortion is entirely over the top throughout the album, and you have to embrace it to get through it. There’s so much wailing that at times the songs sound like a vocal tantrum. It even turns into a full on exorcism in "That's The Bag I'm In."

Fans of Segall’s past work won’t be disappointed. His sound has always been pretty out there, but this collection feels energetic and fresh. Standout tracks include “Slaughterhouse,” “Muscle Man” and “Tell Me What’s Inside Your Heart.”

“Tell Me What’s Inside Your Heart” is neat in that it sounds like The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” – if The Beatles were cynics from California.

The album is a bit lopsided; the shortest track barely makes it to 1:31 minutes while the closing track, “Fuzz War,” clocks in at 10:23. It takes a bit of patience to get through that last track as the rest of the album whirls by. However, the journey is as refreshing as a glass of ice water being poured down your back.

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