AOTY 2018

The Diet

Cullen Omori - The Diet
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #579 / 705
User Score
Based on 21 ratings
August 17, 2018 / Release Date
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Sub Pop / Label
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While New Misery was steeped in severity and perhaps a strained sense of needing to prove oneself, The Diet cuts off the pretentious fat. The resulting sound is inventive, fun, fresh, and perhaps Omori's best release to-date.

The Line of Best Fit
Omori’s rediscovered life’s good side, and found more of himself in the process; ultimately, that’s led to him being able to pour a whole lot more of his heart and soul into his songs, and it’s a beautiful thing.
Northern Transmissions
For his new record the singer explores his emotions and life with an escapist sense of colour and makes music that really takes you somewhere else. While some songs feel a little too predictable, there’s no moment on the album that will bore you.

The Diet isn’t the sort of world-beating, over-the-top comeback effort that’s going to transform Omori into the king of Grant Park ... But it’s the most consistently satisfying front-to-back record Omori’s been a part of since Dye It Blonde, a reset that realigns him with his core strengths—namely, his flair for crafting songs that are cosmically ornate yet humbly down-to-earth.


The Diet isn't a quantum leap over New Misery, but it certainly represents a step forward for Cullen Omori, both as a songwriter and a performer, and as long as his love life remains problematic, he should have a great future ahead of him.

Loud and Quiet

Uplifting and full of hope, ‘The Diet’ has Cullen Omori dusting himself down and looking toward brighter days while honouring the classic psych rock sound and creating another solid indie-rock album.


Despite the impression given by the opening track, this is more an album for quiet summer evening reflections than for sunny scorchers.

For his second solo album, he’s expanding his horizons with a series of grander compositions.
Spectrum Culture

As it stands ... The Diet is a perfectly enjoyable listen. After starting on shaky ground, it seems as if Omori has found his legs and is prepared for what comes next. Of course, that may sound awfully similar to what came before, but Omori is so well-versed in this style that he’s sure to find a way no matter what.

Much like his debut effort, 'The Diet' has a few good songs on it, while the rest is skippable. Only real difference is, those few good songs don't even come close to the ones from 'New Misery.'

Favourite tracks: Four Years, Millennial Geishas, A Real You
Something about this album just didn't hook me. I enjoyed the artists previous album and so this was definitely worth checking out, but it really didn't hit the mark like I hoped that it would. So so affair but nothing outright bad about it.

Favorite track: Borderline Friends
yikes, probably one of the worst album covers ive ever seen
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Track List

  1. Four Years
  2. Borderline Friends
  3. All By Yourself
  4. Happiness Reigns
  5. Master Eyes
  6. Quiet Girl
  7. Black Rainbow
  8. Natural Woman
  9. Millennial Geishas
  10. Last Line
  11. Queen
  12. A Real You
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Added on: June 10, 2018