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First Taste

Ty Segall

First Taste

Album number twelve from the Laguna Beach, California multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter

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  1. 9.0 |   The Music

    This is an album you can put on repeat – Ty Segall has done it yet again!
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  2. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The guru's new experiment remains shaggy, tripped out, and all over the sonic map
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  3. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album expands the singer’s sound while holding onto the maximalist streak that makes his work so compelling
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  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Some of the lyrics that should sound like cliche feel more legit as we hear Segall wade earnestly into the aches and joys of existence. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Q

    A record exploding with ideas and interesting twists. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    First Taste is the perfect culmination of all that Segall has learned, lived, tried and tested over this past decade
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  7. 8.0 |   The 405

    With his charisma and creativity at the core of these songs, and an incredible group of collaborators around him, Ty Segall has created an album that will appeal to both long-term listeners and first timers
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  8. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    His 13th solo album pushes his sonic envelope ever further without many significant lapses in quality control
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  9. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    If last year marked the end of a decade since his self-titled debut, and First Taste signifies the beginning of a new era of Ty Segall, it’s going to be an exciting one
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  10. 8.0 |   A.V. Club

    In his first album without guitar, the Californian artist still finds a way to rock out
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  11. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Adds a music shop’s worth of exotic instrumentation and double drummers to this Californian’s driving, sprawling oeuvre
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  12. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    First Taste exemplifies Ty Segall’s shape-shifting qualities. Here is a man who delights in trying on many a mask, restless and impulsive
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  13. 7.6 |   Paste Magazine

    First Taste is an album that demands attention, but even if you look away for a moment, Segall keeps rocking on regardless
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  14. 7.5 |   Pitchfork

    Temporarily abandoning the guitar, the prolific garage rocker channels his indulgences and comes away with an unusually focused album
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  15. 7.5 |   Northern Transmission

    ‘First Taste’ epitomises that in just over a decade Ty Segall has proven he’s up to the task of delivering delicious musical morsels time and time again
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  16. 7.0 |   DIY

    An album steeped in killer rhythms
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  17. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Whether this is your first or 20th taste of Segall, his latest is often thrilling, never boring and yes, a lot of fun
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  18. 7.0 |   All Music

    At a time when too many people are questioning if rock & roll is alive at all, Ty Segall is doing the work of four or five people in keeping it healthy, and First Taste is ample evidence that he's nowhere close to being done, which is good news indeed
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  19. 7.0 |   Uncut

    First Taste is focused round the self-imposed discipline of not featuring guitars. In truth, the challenge barely affects Segall's shred-happy sound. Print edition only

  20. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    If Creedence Clearwater Revival had experimented with random instruments and slightly creepy voices, maybe they could have made First Taste
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  21. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Long-time fans might be willing to get on board and go with this new direction but if you’re looking for another set of sun-kissed psychedelic jams, then prepare to be disappointed
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