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One-man cottage industry Ty Segall has assumed so many different garage-rock guises over the years (from Stooges-style fury to glammy, T-Rex-esque ballads) that the blend had ultimately become his own. A strange, restlessly catchy album glazed with buzzing synthesizers and alien vocal effects, Emotional Mugger stitches together the fever-dream psychedelia of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd (“California Hills”) with warped humor reminiscent of early Frank Zappa (“Baby Big Man (I Want a Mommy)”) into a sound as alluring as it is unsettling.

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The best album released during my lifetime thus far

this album is changing everything. it is revolutionary for not only Segall, but us as listeners. The blatant honesty of emotional mugger is frightening. Since hearing the album, I find myself questioning our cultural norms all the time. Its taking over my life. And if you didn't catch the clues from the lyrics, the Californian made a 15 minute movie entitled "Emotional Mugger" visually illustrating the concept which is backed by select fractions of tracks from the LP. He is no longer just a musician, he is an artist. This album helped me understand the difference between the two. He is so smart musically and lyrically, and combines these talents to make, in my opinion, the best record of his yet. It is beautifully artistic, indirectly political, yet painstakingly simple. Stripped down from the futuristic effects, the songs are basic and catchy. I have found that this is the base of Segall's success - simplicity.
Its exciting to witness an artist grow like this. We all fell in love with the high school heartbreaker with Slaughterhouse and Goodbye Bread. Now Segall is embracing a new change, he's dropped the guitar and graduated to the rock and roll status equivalent to T Rex, Bowie, and Iggy Pop. There is no one like Ty Segall. In addition, I am impressed with the Muggers line up, which features the members of Wand, King Tuff and of course Mikal Cronin. I mean what a line up! They have meshed all of their knowledge into one super group, and I predict Emotional Mugger will be a significant highlight in music history someday.

Bowie wannabe?

A total Bowie wannabe and not a good one.

Not his best album

I preferred the sound in Goodbye Bread or albums from around the same time, but he's still one of my favorites! Just not this album.


Born: June 8, 1987 in Laguna Beach, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Ty Segall first garnered public acclaim as the lead singer of Orange County, California garage rock revivalists the Epsilons. With that band, he practiced a rawer, snottier take on Strokes/Vines/White Stripes-style rock, occasionally delving into more retro territory. When that band splinted, he struck out on his own and started cranking out lo-fi albums, beginning with a self-titled effort on Castle Face in 2008. On his solo album Lemons, however, Segall delivered a much more traditional sound,...
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