Album Review: Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin

Release date: January 26, 2018

…..and finally Ty Segall releases his White Album

8/10

“Never could explain just what was happening to me
Just one touch of you and I’m a flame
Baby, it’s amazing just how wonderful it is
That the things we like to do are just the same”

from Ty Segall’s ‘Every 1’s a Winner’ off Freedom’s Goblin (2018)

Ty Segall’s new sprawling double album, his tenth, maneuvers beautifully from 1968-ish Beatles-esque melodies to Pink Floydian extended jams that show off both the prolific and eclectic skills of a one-man song-writing machine.

At the age of 30 his amount of output has been bewildering – both in quantity and (at times) quality.  The album fuzzy masterpiece ‘Every 1’s a Winner’ is a freaking guitar gem.   It’s the 2017 version of the My Morning Jacket catalog staple (‘Holdin on to Black Metal’) minus the chorus of children chanting.  It absolutely leaps off the turntable like Jack White’s 2014 ‘Lazaretto’ and sounds as fresh as anything that 2018 may deliver.

Freedom’s Goblin double album size is far from the only thing that puts it alongside the Beatle’s White Album.  Tracks like ‘Cry Cry Cry’ and ‘I’m Free’ sound like they’d fit perfectly next to McCartney’s ‘Blackbird’.    To Segall’s credit, the new tracks don’t sound like they were meant to sound like a White Album track; it just happened.  And that’s what makes them sound all the more attractive.

The album peels off into temporary oblivion with lesser tracks like ‘She’, ‘Prison’ and ‘Talkin 3’ – which roll out consecutively on the 2nd album.  Sometimes, his prolificness gets in the way of his greatness.   These are tracks for the most devoted.   In an age of waning attention spans these three songs will tempt nearly any listener to locate the ‘Skip’ button.

But eighteen tracks into Freedom’s Goblin and you’re ready for a clean 3 minute closer, right?  But no sir.  Instead, we’re treated to a 12-minute Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here-ish ode called ‘And, Goodnight’.   It’s sprawling, long and mostly wonderful.  Showcasing the breadth of Segall’s talents and musicianship it caps off his most majestic collection just nicely.

His nod to rock’s past has never sounded better.

–TWTHS

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