Sleeper - Ty Segall
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Aug 20, 2013
    93
    Sleeper is an album worthy of adorning your shelf until the shelf itself crumbles.
  2. Aug 20, 2013
    91
    Refreshing earnestness has always been one of his strengths, and Sleeper, inspired by the death of his father, is an honest study on loneliness, heartbreaking without ever becoming maudlin.
  3. Though Ty Segall often seems like he makes records at inhuman paces, Sleeper indulges his very human impulse for a good wallow, and proves that there’s more to the man than the distorted ripping guitars would make you believe.
  4. Aug 16, 2013
    85
    His voice wafting in as it from across some great, wide divide, he drapes heavy-lidded seductions and portending cautionary tales over several decades of occultish folk, ritualistic rhythm and acoustic blues, from Bron-Y-Aur stomps to paralyzed lullabies. [No. 101, p.51]
  5. Aug 21, 2013
    82
    It's his most focused album, with every song's tone easily flowing into the next, and it's also one of his best.
  6. Aug 28, 2013
    80
    It's a bit much to say Sleeper is a softer side of Segall, but the album is contemplative and introspective in a way that we're not used to hearing from him. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.100]
  7. Aug 26, 2013
    80
    Sleeper is a large, though not radical, departure from the bulk of Segall’s catalog. But in dialing down the fuzz and eschewing girls-and-partying songs to dig deep into his own personal demons, Segall shows marked maturity as a songwriter.
  8. 80
    As an artist, the mystery man of a thousand songs experiences quite the growth on Sleeper, shedding the enigma in lieu of his most honest and human recordings yet.
  9. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    With its shoebox percussion and no-budget production, Sleeper is a work of desolate, cracked genius. [Sep 2013, p.108]
  10. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    Overall, though, the absence of pretense does more good than harm here. By emphasizing his singing rather than the usual wailing walls of distortion, Segall expertly treads the fine line separating rockist classicism from lo-fi innovation.
  11. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    Segall may not be bouncing off the walls on Sleeper, but its decided shift shows his range and ability to continue churning out great releases at an alarming speed.
  12. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    A full, concentrated album of ballads may seem startling even for die-hard fans, not just because the new full-on singer/songwriter mode is such a departure, but also because of how beautifully weary and evocative his songs tend to be when he allows a glimpse at his unplugged intimate side.
  13. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    Ever restless and inventive, Ty Segall may be at his peak right now, but, as “The West” augurs, he’s on a twisting, winding musical path that gets more and more rewarding the more unpredictable it gets.
  14. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    Segall's laconic vocals and playing style ties everything together and maintains a blunted brilliance throughout. [Sep 2013, p.92]
  15. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    It's a compact yet satisfying set of 10 surging semi-acoustic almost-ballads with occasional electric interludes. [Sep 2013, p.91]
  16. 75
    While a lot of the mood is pretty solemn of Sleeper, there are some sun-kissed moments, that despite still being lyrically dark, remain blissed-out chunks of acoustic summer-pop.
  17. Aug 23, 2013
    72
    Think Aqualung on codeine, sans flute, swapping vagrants for couch potatoes.
  18. Aug 20, 2013
    70
    I don’t think garage needs saving. Yet, when Ty Segall shares visions within the freaked-out space of garage, he cracks it open.
  19. Aug 19, 2013
    70
    It brings with it a deftly executed change in tone that we've only glimpsed in the past and a refreshing emotional honesty, which not only feels mature but enduring.
  20. Aug 14, 2013
    70
    The very retro Sleeper is an acoustic affair, characterised by bluesy downers and portentous balladry.
  21. Aug 13, 2013
    70
    This one keeps the focus tight and intimate. [Sep 2013, p.93]
  22. Aug 13, 2013
    70
    Each song sounds like it has an endearing air to it. At times the lack of polish can be grating, but there are moments of delicacy and sensitivity that create a more rounded record than seems to exist on first listen.
  23. Sep 9, 2013
    60
    With Sleeper Segall sounds almost, well, mature, and emotionally invested.
  24. Aug 23, 2013
    60
    At its weakest, Sleeper can come across like Beady Eye--and if there weren’t a US voice behind it, it might well be laughed out of town. However, Segall’s motives seem authentic.
  25. Aug 20, 2013
    60
    His first full-length in nine whole months is virtually all acoustic, pushing his love of pimply Sixties squall into psychedelic folk that's just as raw as his noise records.
  26. 60
    Perhaps its issue is that it’s quite hard to feel anything throughout its running time beyond a sense of general malaise.
  27. Aug 19, 2013
    60
    It's no straightforward confessional, but a paradigm shift from squalling electricity to intensity of a different sort.
  28. Aug 29, 2013
    50
    Sleeper will probably be viewed in hindsight as "That kinda boring Ty Segall album."
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 3, 2014
    10
    A side to Segall no one would think they would see. Chill, laid back psychedelic folk, perfect. Great record, a real contrast to Twins, changes his style every year. Full Review »
  2. Oct 21, 2013
    10
    Sure I enjoy the chaotic energy of Ty Segall's last two albums "Slaughterhouse" and "Twins," but this groovey lower key Ty Segall comes off as more of a baring of his mind, and it is filled with songs that hold your attention by how the lyrics and melodies just woo you. Actually, I like this more than Coldplay (obviously) but even more too of some mellow Radiohead songs it really IS that good! Take the advice of Mojo, Pitchfork and Paste Magazines and get this album. This album does not dissapoint, and it's a much needed departure to all of the great loud music he's been cranking out over the last couple of years. A must for Ty Segall fans, for sure! Full Review »
  3. Aug 23, 2013
    7
    This man can't rest for a time, that time it will be great for make better albums than this. Anyway this album contains a new sound but it's a good sound. Nothing better than Twins or Slaughterhouse. Full Review »