Exploded View - Obey
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2018 Ratings: #439 / 722
User Score
Based on 46 ratings
2018 Ratings: #426
September 28, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sacred Bones / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Loud and Quiet

Each track is a garden, blooming with a collection of mystic flora.

80
AllMusic

At once more deliberate and more liberated than their debut, with Obey Exploded View challenge their listeners to be as free as as their music sounds.

80
No Ripcord

Stylistically eclectic, or maybe even chaotic, Obey is a sublime release, its melancholic moments offered grace and any ounce of frenzy more subtle than overt.

75
Northern Transmissions

If it wasn’t for the split feeling you get between the more rock-driven and explorative songs on the record, this album would certainly be a consistently mesmerizing listen.

70
Exclaim!

Regrouping after the departure of guitarist Amon Melgarejo, they maintain the economical expansiveness of their krautrock forbears, incorporating new instrumentation without fully abandoning their core strengths.

70
PopMatters

A polymorphic record, which displays an affinity for the new wave and post-punk scene, but is keen on enhancing their core with further influences.

70
Under The Radar
For all the studio/refinement talk above, the collection remains unrepentantly raw; some of the easy touchpoints/comparisons like Stereolab or Broadcast become a little too sterile to reach for, scuffed up with the grit of Berlin and Mexico City, and more than a little rock & roll attitude.
65
The 405

Exploded View have forgone the "first take is the best take" approach and refined their technique. On Obey, they've embraced things like overdubs and multi-instrumentalism to mostly thrilling results.

60
musicOMH

Clocking in at a nifty 38 minutes, Obey is a solid release, though it trails off near the end with tracks that are clearly less inspired than the others.

60
The Line of Best Fit

The album proves that Exploded View are at their best when they refuse to be constrained by reality, to listen to consensus or to obey, and instead, exist in the dazzling reverie of their collective dream.

CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
rosevean
71
It got better
78
Compared to the last Exploded View album, this much more in the right direction. The duo have toyed with combining a Vintage Pop and Experimental Rock sound for years. And up until now, it’s been pretty tame. But Annika and Geoff here bring in elements of Post-Punk, eerie Baroque Pop and tons more to create their most chilling album to date. And yes, it’s a little bit of a slow start, and when these guys come through with a stinker of a tune, it’s BAD. But this is a ... read more
kneelthedivine
69
Great moments of experimentation and post-punk, however a lot of it feels a bit too sleepy *yawn*.
luna128
59
Obey sports a frontloaded experience with some genuinely wavy tunes, but its backhalf suffers incredibly from an amazing amount of bloat. Filler tracks have no place in 2018.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#34/No Ripcord
#87/Piccadilly Records

Track List

  1. Lullaby
  2. Open Road
  3. Dark Stains
  4. Gone Tomorrow
  5. Obey
  6. Sleepers
  7. Letting Go of Childhood Dreams
  8. Raven Raven
  9. Come On Honey
  10. Rant
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Added on: June 27, 2018