TY SE­GALL Ma­nip­u­la­tor Drag City ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - LAU­REN MUR­PHY

Take a healthy heap­ing of 1970sera Bowie, mix with Marc Bolan and add a light sprin­kling of Love and Arthur Lee: you now some­thing ap­prox­i­mat­ing the sound of Ty Se­gall. Still only 27, the mul­ti­in­stru­men­tal­ist from the San Fran­cisco Bay area is a pro­lific writer, player and col­lab­o­ra­tor, and his sev­enth al­bum darts between glam-rock riffs to psychedeli­c wig-outs with like­able self-as­sur­ance. It’s im­pos­si­ble to re­sist the gur­gling elec­tric pulse of Feel, the flour­ish of Span­ish gui­tar on The Clock, and the low-key ’60s pop scuf­fle of It’s Over, while Susie Thumb and The Crawler are coated in an en­joy­ably high-oc­tane glam­rock sheen. It’s de­riv­a­tive, which is for­giv­able, though, with 17 tracks, mo­men­tum starts to flag (which is not). Se­gall’s thrust ul­ti­mately loses its po­tency, but there’s still much to love amid the filler. ty-se­gall.com Down­load: The Singer, Susie Thumb

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