Sleeper

Ty Segall - Sleeper
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2013 Ratings: #152 / 955
User Score
Based on 86 ratings
2013 Ratings: #197
August 20, 2013 / Release Date
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Drag City / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

93
Paste

This record will gruffly walk you home, menacing away any demons in the dusk. Because it, in its entirety, boasts a sort of demonic core. It’s wrapped in delicate slide guitar husks, but it’s still there—glowing quietly beneath an effort to be good. 

91
A.V. Club

Refreshing earnestness has always been one of his strengths, and Sleeper, inspired by the death of his father, is an honest study on loneliness, heartbreaking without ever becoming maudlin.

82
Pitchfork

Everything here easily lives in the same universe-- 10 tracks of similarly hued songs, all of a piece. It's his most focused album, with every song's tone easily flowing into the next, and it's also one of his best. 

80
Spin

By emphasizing his singing rather than the usual wailing walls of distortion, Segall expertly treads the fine line separating rockist classicism from lo-fi innovation.

80
AllMusic

Minus the muscle, Segall's songs still manage to pack an emotional powerful punch due to a thick undercurrent of sentimentality and nostalgia. 

80
PopMatters

Made after his adoptive father passed away and the subsequent estrangement from his mother, Sleeper also happens to be Segall’s most personal work, one that marks a development not just in his sound, but his psyche. 

80
Consequence of Sound

As an artist, the mystery man of a thousand songs experiences quite the growth on Sleeper, shedding the enigma in lieu of his most honest and human recordings yet.

75
The Line of Best Fit

Sleeper‘s an album that has potential to flourish in the future after more repeated listens, rather than a clutch of instant gratification tunes.

70
DIY

At times the lack of polish can be grating, but there are moments of delicacy and sensitivity that create a more rounded record than seems to exist on first listen.

70
The Fly

The scorching riffology of ‘Twins’ and ‘Slaughterhouse’ is gone. The very retro ‘Sleeper’ is an acoustic affair, characterised by bluesy downers and portentous balladry.

70
Drowned in Sound

It brings with it a deftly executed change in tone that we've only glimpsed in the past and a refreshing emotional honesty, which not only feels mature but enduring.

60
NME

Is ‘Sleeper’ a record about grief? It seems probable, but perhaps its issue is that it’s quite hard to feel anything throughout its running time beyond a sense of general malaise.

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END OF YEAR LISTS

#42/The Fly
#76/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. Sleeper
  2. The Keepers
  3. Crazy
  4. The Man Man
  5. She Don't Care
  6. Come Outside
  7. 6th Street
  8. Sweet C.C. 
  9. Queen Lullabye
  10. The West
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