Ty Segall & White Fence - Joy
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Based on 17 reviews
2018 Ratings: #656 / 735
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Based on 76 ratings
2018 Ratings: #856
July 20, 2018 / Release Date
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Loud and Quiet

For all its picking apart of rock’s history, there’s a peculiar newness to their music, and that’s a very rare thing when rock really is kind of dead.

The Guardian
Unsurprisingly, their second joint venture has the white-knuckle ride aspect you’d expect from musicians who produce new music seemingly at will.
With track times mostly clocking in under 120 seconds, it’s a series of quick hits that are warped but relentlessly tuneful, like a Beatles LP that’s spent a blazing hot afternoon lying on a busy freeway.

Joy is an album to be combed through and prodded. It’s a testament to their shorthand with each other, which somehow ties all the fraying, crusty, silken, wiener dog, kitty cat threads so seamlessly together.

Northern Transmissions

Going for a concept record akin to a very demented take on The Who’s Tommy, Joy has tons of over-arching energy to it that makes it a really consistent and engaging listen. With this in mind, it’s the eccentricities of both Segall and White Fence that will decide whether you find this album testing as a listener or one of your favourites of the year.

A few judicious cuts here and there and it would have been a very strong extended play instead of an uneven album that doesn't quite reach the level the duo attained on Hair. It's still worth checking out for fans either artist though, especially if their eccentric natures are their main attraction.

‘Joy’ is like a rickety wooden rollercoaster – there are a few nice inclines with some mildly disappointing drops between some pulsating flats, and you end up getting off slightly begrudgingly.

Under The Radar

Joy is a little tongue-in-cheek at times, but fans of these two should expect nothing less than lo-fi garage at its most controlled and singular.

The Skinny

The new collaboration from the foremost disseminators of psych and garage rock is breezy and fun, but also slight and sadly filled with less exciting ideas than their previous joint project.

Crack Magazine

Sometimes the jam sesh lacks drive, but even if Joy isn’t the most essential record in either artist’s deep discography, it’s a gratifying testimony to capturing a moment when it feels right.

The Observer

Overall ... Joy fails to replicate the shock of the new and for all its effulgent harmonies, a certain gnarly swagger has been lost.


Like any Ty Segall or White Fence record, there is much to savour here, and plenty to pass on as well.

A.V. Club

Like a lot of the aggressively trippy ’60s folk Joy hearkens back to, the experimentation yields mixed results.


Ty and Tim pen some juicily different rock here and there, but it’s missing the vital ingredients that tend to make psychedelic rock memorable – it’s the psychedelic without the sizzle.

Consequence of Sound

Though it’s sprinkled with promising ideas ... it spends most of its time in a fuzz haze of undercooked hooks and scattershot callbacks that never really lead to any actual cohesion.

Spectrum Culture

Joy sounds more like a between-projects sort of toss-off rather than the solid record they could have made.

Sure, it’s worth making the effort if you’re already a Segall Stan or a White Fence mega fan, but beyond that? There’s little here to latch onto that’ll make your stay worthwhile.
Worth a listen
There isn't too much that these two can do wrong, but 'Joy' certainly doesn't reach the same heights as their 2012 effort, 'Hair.'

Ty Segall and Tim Presley opt for significantly shorter tracks throughout the duration of the fifteen-track album, with the only real outlier clocking in at just over 5 minutes. While their trademark sixties-inspired psych-rock nostalgia is still there, they do delve into other eras and genres of rock at times, which makes for a rich listening journey. Lead single ... read more
If I was not a huge fan of Ty Segall I would enjoy this album a lot less than do. It's very hard to enjoy on the first listen. With short tracks that are often bridged by shorter and confusing tracks (ie: Rock Flute). I often found myself waiting for the track to finish so I could hear the next. I think this record would definitely be more enjoyable with more analysis, but you'd have to dive deep to find context of any sort. There were a lot of seemingly monotonous songs that break into melody ... read more
Sonically very satisfying, but not at all memorable, however much I've tried.
Going into this album after just how genuinely brilliant “Hair” was many years ago, there were some pretty high standards. But if we’re being real here, my friends this album is a completely different beast. “Hair” was a master class in throwback Rock sounds, with Ty’s Psych Rock mastery and Tim’s expert production creating a high point in both men’s discography's. On the other hand, “Joy” is an often freakish, puzzling and ... read more
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Track List

  1. Beginning
  2. Please Don't Leave This Town
  3. Room Connector
  4. Body Behavior
  5. Good Boy
  6. Hey Joel, Where You Going With That?
  7. Rock Flute
  8. A Nod
  9. Grin Without Smile
  10. Other Way
  11. Prettiest Dog
  12. Do Your Hair
  13. She Is Gold
  14. Tommy's Place
  15. My Friend
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