Wye Oak - Shriek
Shriek
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musicmagpie55
75
Shriek is Wye Oak beginning to explore synth spaces with more gusto. Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack balance each other nicely on this album. Something I love about Wye Oak's sound is the anxious movement that motivates their music. The synthesizers give Shriek some extra depth; the songs become 3 dimensional in the way melodies swell and tuck into one another. 'Glory' finds Wasner singing some of her most esoteric lyrics, but the song builds and bounces. I like the juxtaposition of strange word ... read more
72
With Wye Oak’s “Civilian,” Jenn Wasner seemed to have perfected her band’s signature dense, noisy, guitar-heavy style of indie rock. “Shriek” at first appears to resemble the stereotypical turn towards synths which so many rock bands feel inclined to make in the dubious name of musical progression, and which rock fans have been conditioned to view with skepticism. But with Wasner, the evolution feels like a logical progression. Wye Oak has always been as much ... read more
CanIMayI
74
Shriek is Wye Oak’s first album since Civilian, which garnered them national name recognition. And so there’s a lot of pressure associated with this faux-sophmore album. But as far as how this album compares to their previous albums, I’ve never felt the need to do that to an artist. Civilian is a fantastic, but different album. And by the time you get to “Logic of Color” you won’t care what came “Before” because there is no bad song on this album. ... read more
JustinSlick
84
Maybe it's not as good as Civilian, but you know what? I like it. I think I'm just into what Wye Oak is doin.
Antonis
80
Just an ordinary excellence.
snarekickblues
62
Best Track: Before, Shriek, or Logic Of Color
Worst Track: Schools Of Eyes
Most Overrated Track: The Tower
Most Underrated Track: Sick Talk
Ivoryghost
88
Re-evaluation: 75 out of 100?!?! What was I thinking! This is a superb album, especially if you have the misfortune of having to spend an hour and a half on the clickety-clackety sleeper train that daudles along from Newcastle to Carlisle. Shriek has made that journey infinitely more bearable on now than one occasion.

Original: 75/100: A little samey after a while, perhaps, but there are some stand-outs, most notably Glory and Despicable Animal.
tha138
73
Well balanced modern electro-folk ballads, simple and sensitive, based on real affection.
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