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  • Summary: The latest solo release for the Los Angles-based rock artist features no guitars, instead instruments such as the bouzouki, drums (played by Charles Moothart and Segall), koto, harmonizer, mandolin, recorder, and saxophone were used.
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  1. 83
    First Taste is scatterbrained and self-indulgent, no doubt. But that’s also what makes it such heady fun. Segall once again makes the various ideas and sounds floating about in his head something worth listening to.
  2. Aug 2, 2019
    First Taste is the first record of new material in his name this year, and while it doesn’t fully offer the uncharted sounds suggested by its title, it tastes delicious nonetheless.
  3. Jul 30, 2019
    The result is an album that finds Segall expanding his sound while holding onto the blissed-out maximalist streak that has defined his work to date.
  4. 80
    Magnificently, songs like Taste or The Fall are only energised by these diverse sonic signatures. The double-drummers are key, too: Segall’s in the left-hand channel, while frequent collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Charles Moothart is in the right.
  5. Aug 5, 2019
    First Taste is sharply paced, sequenced for maximum impact as two separate vinyl sides but also effective as a seamless 41-minute listen. ... If the songs don’t linger as long as the sound, chalk that up to Segall being a “first idea, best idea” kind of guy. This time, he concentrated on production. Maybe next time around, he’ll turn his attention to the tunes.
  6. Aug 2, 2019
    An album that finds the prodigious artist enjoying himself yet again.
  7. Aug 12, 2019
    If Creedence Clearwater Revival had experimented with random instruments and slightly creepy voices, maybe they could have made First Taste. Segall's fifth studio LP in four years begins with a sigh of joy and a drum solo. From there, it expands far. Try not to salivate.

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