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Ty Segall hits and missed with self-titled album

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Ty Segall’s self-titled album.

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“Warm Hands (Freedom Returned),” the third cut on Ty Segall’s new, self-titled record, leaves the house like a glammy holdover from last year’s Emotional Mugger, zigzags through a field of wailing metal and then hits the gas, riffing and shrieking violently as if envisioning moshpits to come. Song over, right? Not even. This trip won’t end until Segall and his pals take one of their own—stretched-out psychedelic improv that pushes “Warm Hands” past the 10-minute mark.

It’s either the best or worst Ty track you’ve ever heard, which might be the case for the album, too. Segall’s first visit to Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Chicago studio found the garage-rock great and his bandmates—Emmett Kelly, Mikal Cronin, Charles Moothart and Ben Boye—recording live, and the results range from iffy (the folky “Talkin’,” which sounds like an old Beck outtake) to ace (“Orange Color Queen,” which takes its folk somewhere fresh). But hey, even if the Segall/Albini pairing feels like a missed opportunity, guitar-tastic songs like “Break a Guitar,” “Thank You Mr. K” and, yes, the twisty “Warm Hands” will surely sound great in the pit.

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