Twins - Ty Segall
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 90
    The music on Twins is more of the fantastically great quality we've come to expect.
  2. Oct 29, 2012
    90
    This is a superb, must-have album that places Ty Segall firmly at the centre of the garage scene and continues his extraordinary evolution as a multi-faceted, multi-talented musician.
  3. It has the reckless spirit of a record that hasn't been over-analysed, but with an intense flurry of ideas from someone in the absolute prime of their creativity.
  4. It's the best album of its kind to come out this year and, perhaps even more significantly, Segall's best work to date.
  5. Oct 17, 2012
    85
    To have a release that's altogether thrashing, infectious and emotional achieves a depth that the slew of garage rock revivalists today fail to encapsulate.
  6. Oct 9, 2012
    82
    Twins shows Segall again tapping into our musical pleasure centers with its spotless hooks, grimy guitars and unhinged sing-alongs--it's primal and timeless, and it's as Neanderthal as it is sophisticated.
  7. Nov 6, 2012
    80
    A genuinely engaging and fun album.
  8. Nov 1, 2012
    80
    Despite how often he churns out work, this is steadfast and cohesive.
  9. Oct 24, 2012
    80
    Twins is a pile-driving yet playful record that loudly proclaims is influences.
  10. Oct 22, 2012
    80
    Most important is the pure joy of these tracks and how instantly likeable they are. [Nov 2012, p.94]
  11. Oct 18, 2012
    80
    Twins proves to be an excellent collection of over-driven garage pop scorchers that fully exhibit Ty's personality and passion for rock and roll glory.
  12. Oct 12, 2012
    80
    Amidst the fuzz and noise, Segall has turned out a raucous blitz of an album that deserves your play, if it doesn't break your speakers first.
  13. Oct 10, 2012
    80
    In exciting displays of versatility throughout the album, Segall grimes it up then unplugs, freaks out then holds back, wails then moans--all in utter confidence.
  14. Oct 10, 2012
    80
    Segall makes quite a cacophonous rock 'n' roll racket with infectious pop stompers like rousing, four-on-the-floor rocker "You're The Doctor" and the menacing, rolling riffage of "They Told Me To." Yet, the headroom in the mix makes so the oceans of pulverizing reverb don't swallow the hooks. [No. 92, p.59]
  15. 80
    Twins works to include both the bombastic noise that made Lemons a cult hit, and redefine any notion of what Segall is capable of.
  16. Oct 9, 2012
    80
    Twins doesn't stick to the middle or even pick a lane. It swerves, visiting territory well-tread with a perspective that feels new.
  17. Oct 9, 2012
    80
    He sounds as if he's just seen his own specter in the mirror, but no worries--records don't get much more alive than this.
  18. Oct 8, 2012
    80
    His keen-eared blending of Beatles-style melodies and psych jangle with the snarling attitude of Mudhoney and Melvins' malevolent heaviness is oddly invigorating. [Nov 2012, p.81]
  19. 80
    Everything he does is good: melodic, enervated and loud. Twins, though, is a record that goes out of its way to court the floating rock vote, upping the melodies and toning down Segall's more wayward psychedelic digressions.
  20. Oct 8, 2012
    80
    Twins is a bright moment in a nearly ceaseless evolution, and one of the most fluid and successfully ambitious in Ty Segall's catalog.
  21. Oct 11, 2012
    75
    "Gold on the Shore" is an incongruous acoustic strumalong that sounds like something that might have been discarded by one of a billion Britpop also-rans for being too exciting, and closer "There Is No Tomorrow" plods, but this shouldn't overshadow a genuinely original album.
  22. Oct 9, 2012
    75
    It's another strong entry in his fuzz-garage/acid-punk free-for-all, if not quite as ferociously relentless as its predecessor, "Slaughterhouse" (In the Red).
  23. Oct 9, 2012
    75
    Not only does Twins prove an exciting and vital listen, it's Segall's second consecutive album of guitar-heavy, rough-and-tumble rock 'n' roll--the Nuggets disciple's best stylistic look.
  24. Oct 11, 2012
    70
    Twins shows Segall in greater command of his craft. Whereas the songs on Goodbye Bread and the previous (and spectacular) Slaughterhouse would gradually fall out of control, here the dissipation feels deliberate, as if Segall were trying to drive the songs to their deaths.
  25. Oct 9, 2012
    70
    Twins might not completely match up to the perfect storm of Slaughterhouse, but it is another solid addition to Segall's discography.
  26. Oct 8, 2012
    70
    His songs are chiefly good, and there's little more you want of a loose garage punk rock record than that.
  27. Oct 22, 2012
    60
    It's playful rather than facetious, and the combination of sweet pop tunes and mean distorted guitar is as winning as it ever was. [Nov 2012, p.104]
  28. Oct 11, 2012
    60
    The album, however, cannot shake off the feeling that it's a melting pot of Segall's previous albums from this year.
  29. Oct 9, 2012
    60
    [Segall] obscures weedily muffled lyric snatches under waterlogged guitar fuzz that builds into a thick wash and varies the formula with hippie-commune harmonies, space-alien dirges, acid-folk jangles--all with a precision that belies his surface amateurism.
  30. Oct 8, 2012
    60
    Twins does what it does brilliantly – but Segall makes it sound so effortless, you keep getting snagged on its limitations.
  31. Oct 8, 2012
    60
    Segall throws a lot of stuff against the wall to see what sticks, and not all of it does, but it's still impressive that he's capable of pumping out so much music in so many closely related veins without repeating himself.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 12, 2012
    8
    It is strange album, and there is beauty in this strangeness. In fact, that sound won't carry us away in some outer space, but at the sameIt is strange album, and there is beauty in this strangeness. In fact, that sound won't carry us away in some outer space, but at the same time, this is an album that creates a wonderful atmosphere and allows us to go in there and take perhaps the most comfortable place. Every song which I heard was pretty simple, but it was just the first impression. After some time your ears will find something very interesting and fascinating, something that would never ever let you forget about what you heard. Full Review »
  2. Sep 14, 2013
    8
    There is nothing new here, but there is plenty that is brilliant. If you enjoy straight, loud frenetic garage rock and psychedelic rock, thenThere is nothing new here, but there is plenty that is brilliant. If you enjoy straight, loud frenetic garage rock and psychedelic rock, then you will definitely love this. Every song is fairly basically arranged, but the results are as satisfying as scratching an itch, and this scratches many itches. Full Review »
  3. May 3, 2013
    8
    A lot of this music reminds me of the psychedelic punk 60s band Big Brother and the Holding Co. They added Janis Joplin to the band to doA lot of this music reminds me of the psychedelic punk 60s band Big Brother and the Holding Co. They added Janis Joplin to the band to do vocals, and she had her work cut out for her. I love this album. So refreshing, invigorating and highly recommended. Full Review »