AOTY 2019

First Taste

Ty Segall - First Taste
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2019 Ratings: #261 / 605
User Score
Based on 149 ratings
2019 Ratings: #712
August 2, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Consequence of Sound

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

80
Slant Magazine

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

80
Exclaim!

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

80
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.

80
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.

80
The Skinny

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

80
The Observer

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

80
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.

76
Paste

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

75
Pitchfork

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

75
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.

70
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.

70
AllMusic

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.

70
DIY

An album steeped in killer rhythms.

60
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.

dearsongs
76
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
MasterCrackfox
74
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
usedtobe
77
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!
EdFruscley
85
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
notanalt
60
The Tongue Of Mother Tasting Your Velvet Wounds
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Year End Lists

#9/Drift
#88/Piccadilly Records

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
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