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Fuzz

Fuzz

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Fuzz

2013

A lot of people thought the heaviest Ty Segall could go (relatively speaking) was last year's Slaughterhouse LP, an album that was probably the most overt "metal" thing he had released to date.  But low and behold his new band Fuzz, which actually finds Segall behind the drum-kit alongside longtime collaborator Charles Mootheart on guitar.  For fans of the almighty riff, this album is a real treat, as Fuzz worships at the alter of 70s guitar heroes Tony Iommi and Ritchie Blackmore, while maintaining Segall's propensity for chaotic and distortion-heavy jamming.  The name of the game is riffs, riffs, and more riffs as the album sports a somewhat more traditional, classic-rock inspired sound throughout.  Like a lot of Sabbath-worshiping bands, Fuzz does tend to meander a bit too much at times, but for the most part, this is pretty riveting/righteous shit.  Mootheart is a hell of a guitar player, and Segall keeps things flowing along nicely with his propulsive drumming.  Probably the best riff-centric Sabbath-worshiping album since J Mascis's Witch dropped in 2006.  Very good stuff.

8.1

II

Fuzz

2015

II is essentially a more long-winded version of the righteousness found on the band's debut album released 2 years ago.  That's both good and bad, as the generally concise nature of the aforementioned album didn't really leave any room for too much meandering, whereas on II, the band really stretches out, exploring more tasty and infectious riffs and jams.  Most of these jams sound like more fully-realized songs, as there are more lyrics/structure to be found here, so it in turn makes II feel like a more fully-realized album as a whole.  The only slight downside here is that, given the style of music and it's long running time, it tends to make most of these songs all sound the same as a result.  Luckily, virtually every song here is jam-packed with fantastically tasty, Sabbathy, groovy, righteous riffs that manage to keep things interesting and satisfying throughout.  That's probably because Fuzz doesn't fall victim to most other Sabbath-worshipping bands' tendencies to drag things down into the muck with slow, lumbering riffs.  In contrast, Fuzz sports an mid/uptempo, high energy style that seems light on it's feet, in spite of the crushing riffage to be found here.  II is a fun, slightly heavier album than it's predecessor, a riff-tastic record that takes you through many infectious twists and turns, and is another righteous addition to the Ty Segall catalog.  Another album like this and Fuzz may start to overshadow the man himself.

8.2

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