Last year's self-titled effort from Bay Area resident Ty Segall somehow managed to make less of an impact on the general rock culture than it might have. Even amidst the wash of garage-inflected NorCal acts, Segall's take on the one-man-band should have served to ingratiate him to the brash-rock cognoscenti of the area. It's been his persistent work, not just as a solo act but also with the group Traditional Fools, among others, that a year later the release of Lemons could be welcomed by a relatively broad swath of garage and punk aficionados.
Although joined by a bassist and drummer in a live setting, Segall decided to go it alone during the recording process. What resulted isn't completely detached from last year's long player, but the blues-come-garage stomp that was so pervasive has been augmented by a traditional rock-ensemble inclination.
"Untitled #2" arrives as a twisted amalgam of Eastern music and some forgotten surf instrumental, while the album's first single, "Cents," comes off as a lost classic from the Cramps. Those disparate influences don't seem too difficult for Segall to reconcile, though. And when throwing in a cover of Captain Beefheart's "Dropout Boogie," the historicity of rock that Segall works with appears completed. Exploiting these diverse rock caveats, Segall's arrived at another stunner. This time, hopefully, more than just folks on the scene are going to listen. (Goner Records)
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