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Emotional Mugger

Ty Segall

2016

Emotional Mugger
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Emotional Mugger is the eighth studio album by American garage rock musician Ty Segall, released on January 22, 2016 on Drag City Records. The album was produced by both Segall and F. Bermudez. To tour in support of Emotional Mugger, Segall assembled a backing band featuring the album's various collaborators. Performing under the name of Ty Segall and the Muggers, the band toured extensively, with Segall often wearing a baby mask and adopting the name of Sloppo. Mark Deming for AllMusic writing "As Segall's profile has risen in the 2010s, it's a welcome thing that he hasn't diluted his musical vision and is still willing to let his music howl when the spirit moves him, and Emotional Mugger is a stiff shot of raw, cocky joy that hits its target beautifully." Rob Sheffield in Rolling Stone saying "The San Francisco garage-punk wunderkind flaunts all his frantic energy and wild-eyed humor on Emotional Mugger."

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  • Rock

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Sat Jan 20 2024
4

Listened to this one a few times. Surprised on the use of synthesizers but love the unhinged tones they are bringing here. Sonically everything here sounds great and the short run-time makes it a nice encapsulation of Ty Segall. The whole baby aesthetic is creepy and unsettling though, likely intentional though. The KEXP performance where he asks the host "Will you be my mommy?" "...uh ok" "Yaaaay!!" was hilarious and uncomfortable but, I'm sure it's all part of the plan. W.u.o.t.w.s. was a surprising addition, it's like Ty Segall's Revolution 9. 4.5 down to 4. Love: Squealer, Emotional Mugger, Squeaker Two, W.u.o.t.w.s., The Magazine

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Sat Jan 20 2024
4

Like Marc Bolan fronting Black Sabbath with John Cale behind the boards.

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Fri Feb 23 2024
5

Yeah, I like this as a garage rock entry, a lot of the modern user entries are really similar in regards to being in this very niche post-garage sound, but this one still shines for me.

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Fri Feb 23 2024
4

If I found that eyeless baby rocking in my garage I would scream. Four stars.

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Wed Apr 03 2024
4

Loud and distorted! I like it! It's garage rock, but has some industrial vibes to it without exaggerating too much

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Sun Apr 07 2024
4

Been listening to ‘Manipulator’ a good deal recently so I was stoked to see some more Ty pop up here. I’ve been a fan for over a decade now and this guy just doesn’t miss - each LP is consistently solid, usually stacked with close to an hour of pitch-perfect garage rock, and at this point he’s put out over 30 (40?) releases between his solo career and many, many projects. Hadn’t returned to this LP specifically in a while, so it was more of a blind spot in the discography. Per usual, there are 2-3 tracks that absolutely rock, a majority are pretty good, and 1-2 that I could maybe do without - Segall usually opts for a few more experimental noise tracks on his solo releases and those just didn’t vibe with me here. May sound like a tepid reception on my part, but the standard of Segall excellence is so high that this was still the listening highlight of my day. Ty’s characteristically sludgy yet buzzsaw-like guitar tone has already Pavloved my brain into releasing hella dopamine, and I was more than happy to dive right in as part of my 1001 listening.

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Sun Jan 28 2024
3

I liked this better than I expected to given the genre descriptors (garage + noise being a Venn intersection I rarely enjoy). It did descend into the side of noise rock I find less tolerable toward the last couple of tracks.

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Thu Feb 01 2024
3

Fun times with a garage goofball

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Wed Mar 06 2024
3

5/10. There was some cool stuff going on here for sure, but none of it really grabbed me.

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Sun Mar 10 2024
3

Mostly straight-ahead West Weird Rock, Emotional Mugger can hardly be called buttoned-up but suggests an atypical relationship to the narcotic. Happy as I am to see the scene represented, the music's not definitional - Explicitly flies apart eventually, operates as life soundtrack in full.

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Sun Mar 10 2024
3

This caught my attention right away; it felt fresh and interesting. But I have to admit by the third song it was grating on my nerves. Mainly his voice. I will listen to it again, maybe it will grow on me. But for now it's 3 stars.

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Fri Mar 22 2024
3

Meh, noisy alternative. 3/5.

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Tue Apr 23 2024
3

A good one for this genre. Monotonous at times, but pleasant.

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Thu Jan 18 2024
2

I absolutely HATE the cover art. I mean, absolutely horrible. Mostly just dissonant noise with a hint of melody with no hook, which is not my bag. No hate if this is your thing, I can see musicality in it. It's just not what I enjoy listening to.

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Thu Mar 28 2024
2

Sorry Ty, but that was far from your best effort. I've heard you do way better things than this album

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Sun Feb 11 2024
1

I just don't get what this guy is trying to accomplish here, sorry

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