Ty Segall - Freedom's Goblin
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Based on 22 reviews
2018 Ratings: #78 / 616
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Based on 206 ratings
2018 Ratings: #105
January 26, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

94
Paste

Freedom’s Goblin is that good. And it’s that much. At 19 tracks and 75-ish minutes long, it’s a sure-footed expedition through Segall’s sprawling world of influences and interests, from psych, garage rock, pop and punk to soul, hard funk, heavy metal and beyond. And somehow, despite the run time and the diversity of sounds, Freedom’s Goblin never wanders for long.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Freedom’s Goblin is a kaleidoscopic mess, brilliant and sloppy all at once. This is a good thing — the tortured genius of nearly mythological status lays all he has to offer out on the table, and the end result is one of guitar-rock’s finest achievements in the 21st century.

90
God Is in the TV

All in all, Freedom’s Goblin is a bit of a corker really, with very little for your humble reviewer to grumble about. It should satisfy fans of classic rock, metal and the discerning alternative connoisseur in equal measure.

90
Uncut
No real attempt is made to smooth its fragments into an end result that feels polished or linear. On the contrary, its wild, ‘White Album’-style swerve through sounds and styles is all part of the design, and it is shot through with a spirit that is both bewildering and intoxicating.
83
Consequence of Sound
On his latest (and longest) record, indefatigable rock-god-in-waiting Ty Segall beefs up his sound with a brass section while giving himself over to a bout of anything-goes creativity that hits way more than it misses.
81
Pitchfork

On Freedom’s Goblin, the tuneful sensibility that Segall has been nurturing since 2011’s Goodbye Bread fully blossoms into sky-high hooks and rich, resonant lyricism, all while keeping his primordial spirit intact.

80
The Skinny

It's a bold move to put out so much music in one go, but Freedom's Goblin is sure-footed enough to warrant to such a splurge.

80
Exclaim!

Freedom's Goblin cuts open Segall's brain and lets it all ooze out. Serve yourself up a spoonful of all that melodic goo, and enjoy.

80
NOW Magazine

You could boil Freedom’s Goblin down to “rock,” but the 19 songs offer 19 flavours of the genre – a testament to how many delicious recipes you can still make out of vocals, guitar, bass and drums (and, in this case, a dollop of horns).

80
AllMusic

Much of the time, Freedom's Goblin plays like Ty Segall's version of the history of rock & roll as seen from his perspective, and it's as idiosyncratic and exciting as you would expect. It's also some of the very best music Segall has given us to date, essential for fans and strongly recommended to curious newcomers.

80
Northern Transmissions
While it’s definitely not the most cohesive record, there’s a constant beauty and fun to the album that makes it a wonder to listen to.
80
Drowned in Sound
At 75 minutes and 19 tracks, it is comfortably his longest record to date, but also his most listenable.
80
The Observer
If there is no surfeit of originality on Segall’s masterwork, it really doesn’t suffer, because every single one of these 19 tracks has a tune, a point and a devil-may-care attitude.
80
NME
It is without a doubt his wildest release to date.
80
PopMatters
The polar opposite of last year's clear, clean self-titled outing, this double record is the refrigerator sandwich of Ty Segall's career.
80
Under The Radar

On paper an album of this size and scope should—at the very least—be occasionally frustrating and bloated. Freedom's Goblin, however, is skillfully elevated by Segall's constant sense of joy and inscrutable knack for penning genuine earworms.

80
FLOOD Magazine

Freedom’s Goblin is unapologetic in its kind of just being a loosely curated playlist of fully-developed ideas. It resembles a best-of collection spanning unreleased tracks from Segall’s recent output.

76
GIGsoup

Arguably more flawed than Segall‘s best efforts, the album nonetheless impresses with a convincing and involved collection of songs which certainly never risk boring the listener ... ‘Freedom’s Goblin’ remains surprisingly engaging throughout and offers a huge amount to dig into for long-term fans whilst still managing to offer an, admittedly unwieldy, introduction to Segall‘s multi-faceted musical approach to newcomers.

75
The 405

Despite the obvious trimming that could be done around the belly, Freedom’s Goblin is still a worthwhile beast to take on.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Freedom’s Goblin finds Segall at ease within his established aesthetic to the point of giddiness.

70
The Needle Drop
Sometimes cumbersome but mostly exciting, Ty Segall's latest album is his longest and most ambitious yet.
60
DIY
While ‘Freedom’s Goblin’ doesn’t exactly blow the doors off of his usual sound, it’s a solid addition to the canon that rattles between all corners of this self-made niche.
85
This album is a blast in every sense of the word, a kaleidoscopic explosion of Ty Segall's styles and influences all brewing in the same pot. Not only does Ty bring in some of his best songwriting, he manages to constantly keep you on your toes with so many fusions of sounds that come out of nowhere from folk rock to Zappa-esque Jazz Fusion to old-fashioned 60's pop rock, all blended into one crazy, frantic piece. I could see the argument that this album isn't focused at all, but I think the ... read more
75
Across its massive 19 tracks, Ty Segall experiments with so many different genres and styles its hard to keep track. Some of these styles seem to breed more success than others.
panoramareviews
74
19 canciones y una hora y cuarto de duración. Siendo una placa extensa, 'Freedom's Goblin' está entre lo más ambicioso que el prolífico Ty Segall ha alguna vez haya lanzado. Sí, hay unos cuantos traspiés en el tracklist, pero eso no quita que te puedan gustar al menos un puñado de canciones de esta casi veintena de piezas hechas por uno de los nombres más efectivos en la música rock de estos tiempos.

Canciones Favoritas: Rain, ... read more
81
Near perfect sides 1,2,4. Wasn’t that gone on side 3. Great record. Where to from this....
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Track List

  1. Fanny Dog
  2. Rain
  3. Every 1's a Winner
  4. Despoiler of Cadaver
  5. When Mommy Kills You
  6. My Lady's On Fire
  7. Alta
  8. Meaning
  9. Cry Cry Cry
  10. Shoot You Up
  11. You Say All the Nice Things
  12. The Last Waltz
  13. She
  14. Prison
  15. Talkin 3
  16. The Main Pretender
  17. I'm Free
  18. 5 Ft. Tall
  19. And, Goodnight
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Added on: December 4, 2017