Harmonizer

Ty Segall - Harmonizer
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2021 Ratings: #403 / 580
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Based on 84 ratings
2021 Ratings: #618
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Overall, it may seem like Segall took a mad leap into the unknown with Harmonizer, one that's sure to be polarizing. Luckily for him -- and anyone willing to accept change -- he nails the landing without a single wobble or hop.

73
Pitchfork
The tireless psych rocker’s latest is simultaneously sleek and sludgy. It’s not quite his cleanest-sounding album, nor his heaviest, but it stands close to the top of both categories.
gopxity
54
Safe and awkward. The vocals and production sound much more amateurish than usual for Ty and there was a major lack of risk-taking on this record. I really struggle to think of too many notable moments from this record.

Favorite tracks: Harmonizer, Play
Least favorite: Whisper
SonicDiscovery
70
After a relativity vacant 2020 without Ty Segall music, the psych rocker returns with another experimental leaning album in his latest Harmonizer. His last offering First Take (2019), saw Segall ditching his usual guitar attack for pianos and synths, but on Harmonizer he brings the guitars roaring back, only this time they sounds like they’ve been heavily processed to sounds like synths themselves. It seems as though Segall is taking notes from fellow rocker Jack White and trying to ... read more
ShoegazeJake
60
Ty has lost his scuzzy edge, it is traded for blistering electronic tones. My favorite moments are when Ty takes a step back vocally and allows the instrumentation to shine. The whole thing feels stuck somewhere between The Voidz and Greta Van Fleet. A transitional record for sure.
Houdanny
50
Largely forgettable in terms of his overall catalogue.

Standout: Waxman
Favs: Harmonizer
Least fav: Ride
AltReview
65
The Californian musician releases his 12th solo studio album. Dropping 2 albums with 2 different bands (Fuzz and Wasted Shirt) in 2020, Ty Segall took it bit easy on the solo stuff. But after 2 years, the garage rocker is back with an own LP. Like always, it’s slightly different from his previous works. “Harmonizer” takes the more accessible sound, steadier production and glammy style of his recent records and adds some electronic elements to it. We hear experimental drum ... read more
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Added on: August 3, 2021