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Album: Manipulator [LP] *
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Manipulator More Info... 0:03
2)    Tall Man Skinny Lady More Info... 0:04
3)    The Singer More Info... 0:04
4)    It's Over More Info... 0:03
5)    Feel More Info... 0:04
6)    The Faker More Info... 0:04
7)    The Clock More Info... 0:03
8)    Green Belly More Info... 0:02
9)    The Connection Man More Info... 0:02
10)    Mister Main More Info... 0:02
11)    The Hand More Info... 0:04
12)    Susie Thumb More Info... 0:02
13)    Don't You Want to Know ? (Sue) More Info... 0:02
14)    The Crawler More Info... 0:02
15)    Who's Producing You? More Info... 0:03
16)    The Feels More Info... 0:03
17)    Stick Around More Info... 0:04
 

Album: Manipulator [LP] *
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Manipulator More Info... 0:03
2)    Tall Man Skinny Lady More Info... 0:04
3)    The Singer More Info... 0:04
4)    It's Over More Info... 0:03
5)    Feel More Info... 0:04
6)    The Faker More Info... 0:04
7)    The Clock More Info... 0:03
8)    Green Belly More Info... 0:02
9)    The Connection Man More Info... 0:02
10)    Mister Main More Info... 0:02
11)    The Hand More Info... 0:04
12)    Susie Thumb More Info... 0:02
13)    Don't You Want to Know ? (Sue) More Info... 0:02
14)    The Crawler More Info... 0:02
15)    Who's Producing You? More Info... 0:03
16)    The Feels More Info... 0:03
17)    Stick Around More Info... 0:04
 
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  • It's not exactly a secret that Ty Segall has been allowing his inner popmeister to take the spotlight with greater frequency as his solo career has gained traction, and with 2014's Manipulator, he's delivered one of his most satisfying fusions of pop songcraft and rock & roll snazz. The album opens with the title song, a glorious Brian Wilson homage built around vintage keyboards, but on most of the tracks, Segall's guitars take center stage, and while the expected buzzy chaos is still a major part of his sound, the acoustic textures of "The Clock" and "Green Belly," and the dueling electric/acoustic lines on "Don't You Want to Know (Sue)," show that his picking can be neat and precise when he wants it to be (and the former suggests he's been listening to his old T. Rex albums). When Segall does stomp on the fuzzbox and let rip on rave-ups like "The Crawler" and "It's Over," he's still capable of making his guitar howl like a wounded dinosaur, but the songs here rely far less on lo-fi noise, and the potent grooves of "Mister Main" and the string-laden melodies of "Stick Around" are '70s-style wonders, not dependent on 21st century noise to connect. Ultimately, it's the chunky, elemental melodies of numbers like "The Singer" and "Feel" that make Manipulator so satisfying, and the production is just dirty enough to make the most of Segall's guitars, while still allowing the finer details of the performances to shine through. Manipulator is a reminder that Ty Segall knows his rock & roll, but he knows a lot more than just that, and this '70s-inspired madness results in one of Segall's best and most pleasurable efforts to date. ~ Mark Deming
Professional Reviews
Magnet - "MANIPULATOR descends like an avalanche: an hour of Segall's greatest hits cleaved into four unrelenting sides, the Whitman's Sampler from an obese decade of psych/rock delicacies."

Paste (magazine) - "With MANIPULATOR, the oft-frenetic visionary Ty Segall slows his cadence to a coherent, deliberate pace."

Pitchfork (Website) - "With MANIPULATOR, Segall arrives at his own personal promised land, the place where all the divergent paths he's travelled intersect."
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