One of my favourite finds of the year. Cool, gritty but 'sensitively' produced album. Solid, cohesive 'fuzx' of a sound. The new USA sound if DIY. If you like this, track down the other projects of Ty Segall. You can hear that the band loves what they are doing.
Not many albums deserve the 5 stars in my book. This one deserves 6. A proper kick up the back side your record collection needs. Riff after fu***ng riff of distorted bliss. They're influenced by the best, They are the best. Ladies and Gentlemen I give you . . . 'Fuzz'!!!!
O.K. Let's look at the cover - a docile looking demon clutching a crystal ball, all face-melt hyper colours bleeding into the legend 'FUZZ'. In space. We're not talking Coldplay now. Ty Segall and pals play it hard, fast and low end; the afterglow of late 60's/early 70's hard blues rock. Yes, there are strong whiffs of Sabbath and Blue Cheer, but also the odd hint of Zeppelin and the more psychedelic licks of Hendrix.
As with everything Segall blesses, there is enough magic weaved to stop you from just going back to the source material. A highlight for me - the Nirvana-worship of 'What's In My Head?' descending into cavernous echo then leading straight into the brutal, bludgeoning riffs of 'HazeMaze' - you can almost see the snarl on Ty's face as he sings/sneers with Ozzy-like menace. And who knew Segall was so awesome with a pair of sticks? Is there nothing he sucks at?!
The one improvement I would recommend is a little lightness in the mix to emphasize the heaviosity - their own 'Planet Caravan' if you will. All in all though, this is an excellent selection of 100% committed badass blues rock ramalama - melodic but heavy and never aimlessly meandering like a lot of nostalgic stoner rock. Highly recommended.
Not content perhaps with the more mellow track taken by his latest solo release he appears to have found an outlet for his more fuzzy side with the aptly named Fuzz.
This collection of tunes is fantastic. Musically it reminds me of early Mudhoney with a generous dollop of Sabbath psyche. Add the good old helium vocals into the mix and you've got an explosive cocktail of Segall based magic.
If you're a fan of Ty Segall but weren't fully satified with Sleeper and wanted something more rockin' buy this record or at the very least download 'Whats in my head'.