First Taste

Ty Segall - First Taste
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2019 Ratings: #256 / 771
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Based on 185 ratings
2019 Ratings: #625
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Consequence of Sound

First Taste is scatterbrained and self-indulgent, no doubt. But that’s also what makes it such heady fun.

Slant Magazine

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


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

The 405

On his first studio album in 18 months, the prolific rocker and his collaborators introduce a range of unexpected instrumentation and more detailed production, to thrilling results.

The Guardian

Distorted vocals, funky, jerky guitars, walls of drumming and banks of harmonies dissolve into sad pianos (sometimes) on Segall’s fantastic 13th solo effort.

The Skinny

The prolific Ty Segall returns with First Taste, his first album in a while with a unified sonic vision.

The Observer

First Taste ... adds a music shop’s worth of exotic instrumentation and double drummers to this Californian’s driving, sprawling oeuvre.

The Line of Best Fit

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


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


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

Northern Transmissions

‘First Taste’ finds the creative polymath forge ahead with his own brand of fuzzy garage rock, whilst broadening his sonic palette further once more, be expanding into sounds closer to psyche-rock, jazz and glam.

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.


At a time when too many people are questioning if rock & roll is alive at all, 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.


An album steeped in killer rhythms.

Loud and Quiet

Taking First Taste as a whole ... it’s almost like Segall was in two-minds about where he wanted to go. It certainly rocks in places, but it never quite reaches the highs found on Freedom Goblin or Manipulator.

Ty naming this First Taste is something, being that he is like 20 something albums into his career.

A nice variety with some face melting moments and some really pretty stuff as well. Whatever, Ice plant, The Fall, Radio & Lone Cowboys are highlights for me.

Ty puts SO MUCH material out that at this point its hard to get very excited about his music, but the dude really hasn't put out a complete dud yet either which is commendable. First Taste is another solid album, and although I still ... read more
Will we ever not get a release from Ty Segall in a year? Perhaps not. But will we ever not want one? Probably not.

Segall has such a consistent garage rock sound that matches his style and flair that its hard to ever expect him to have a bad album. Its hard to capture the same level of excitement his earlier releases had about them given just how much the artist gives to us. However, consistentcy is key, and this remains a tight release that is well worth checking out.

Favorite track: The ... read more
Yet another consistently enjoyable garage rock flaired release that stays grounded to his musical persona. A quirky, oddball release out of his massive discography which never borders on overindulgence. Two thumbs up!
If I'm not mistaken, 'First Taste' is Ty's stoner rock ode to botanicals, a record about his early years making stoned, fuzzy, heady garage records while feeling exactly that way himself. Its sound is inspired by the early aught's indie psych rock, self-referential and with the baroque elements of that era which he's left behind on other recent LPs. He's unusually focused on this tracklist and the imagery of a more idyllic time in his life fits the tight theming and sound. The songwriting and ... read more
Ty segall maybe, more Ty than ever. One thing is clear, maybe is too attached to his style, maybe the trumpets more out of tune ever, and it's follows lightly to his last year works. But with everything the "low" production, the unpolished sections, and all defects that I cant find. Ty makes with a few of things, per year an album in top 100 of AOTY (regularly). Ty makes music and if we enjoy a little bit that, we can't complaint. The drums, the fucking drums are amazing!

Ty ... read more
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Track List

  1. Taste
  2. Whatever
  3. Ice Plant
  4. The Fall
  5. I Worship the Dog
  6. The Arms
  7. When I Met My Parents Pt. 1
  8. I Sing Them
  9. When I Met My Parents Pt. 3
  10. Radio
  11. Self Esteem
  12. Lone Cowboys

Year End Lists

#34/Les Inrocks
#88/Piccadilly Records
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Added on: May 12, 2019