Oh My God

Kevin Morby - Oh My God
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Based on 20 reviews
2019 Ratings: #187 / 767
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2019 Ratings: #403
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Kevin Morby's Oh My God is a stunning high-wire act of high-concept and deep-rooted rock and roll at the same time.


Oh My God is replete with lyrics, from religious allegory to lovelorn memories, all of which demand repeat listening to fully digest.


‘Oh My God’ is Kevin Morby’s attempt at crafting his own post-modern American Songbook. The sound of a succinct vision - executed precisely as intended.


The guitar, previously a staple of Morby’s work, is downplayed, with the focus switching to Morby’s vocal, whether his customary amplified whisper or an occasional more urgent tone.


The American songwriter questions it all on his divine fifth album, a remarkable achievement that may serve as a companion and guide in tough times.


Following in the footsteps of the likes of Leonard Cohen, Kevin Morby is the enticingly enigmatic, suave singer-songwriter the 21st Century deserves.

The Observer

A non-religious religious album might seem like a conceptual dead end, but this is another accomplished set from a master songwriter.

The 405

Kevin Morby floats like a curious being into the lives of his characters and, along with his sublime instrumentation (choirs, piano, harp), brings their quotidian worries to life. He has made his own version of a holy text in Oh My God.

Under The Radar

Where Oh My God differs completely from the rest is in the increasingly sophisticated lyrics that Morby uses to drive these songs along, and the calm maturity with which Morby sings.

Loud and Quiet

It’s definitely a step forward for the now well-seasoned man from Kansas, even if previous album City Music was more instantly relatable.


It comes close to its ambitious goals of double-album greatness and the highlights represent some of Morby's most focused and wizened work yet.

Rolling Stone

Despite its divine themes, the pleasures of Oh My God are pleasantly transitory, less a reckoning with the Almighty than the religious experience of casually browsing a well-stocked used record sale in a church basement.


Morby’s spare fifth solo album conjures memories of Bob Dylan’s gospel-phase. The songs are lovingly performed but begin to fade into indistinguishable.

The Skinny

This is a record that rarely falls short of a creative arrangement but ultimately the gospel of Morby is one for the devotees not the unbelievers.

additional thoughts: I've been listening to this still. What can I say, I like this album a lot. The first half is so good and the second half has grown on me. Definitely one of those things you need to listen to a few times for it all to sink in. Bravo Morby.


The first half flows very nicely, but the back half could have cut out 4 songs imo. Kudos to Morby for trying to mix his sound up a bit, but this ultimately would have benifited from a cull. Still, a solid addition to his catalog.
Kevin's newest album is a cavernous beauty, complimented by soulful choirs and faith-stricken uncertainty. Instrumentally, I think it's Kevin's most balanced and rewarding album yet. The lyrics, however, I imagine are polarizing to some.

The lyrics are initially simple and poor, however remembering his lyrical prowess on his earlier records makes me see the nature of the lyrics on Oh My God as Kevin almost making a point, or at the very least a preference. In other words, I know he's capable ... read more
OH MY GOD this record sounds pretty solid at times, but OH MY LORD are there some filler lyrics abound. Someone in Kevin's life needs to sit him down and tell him that he isn't as cool as Lou Reed.
If you're shouting Oh My God every other song, it's more than just a theme. It's a crutch
Drinking game: take a shot everytime Kevin Morby says Oh My God on this record

The indie rock/folk fusionist Kevin Morby is back with a record that finally feels like it is not centred around 2 or 3 standout songs. On "Oh My God" not one song is more significant than the other which makes this album a complete trip that can't be dissected at all. Maybe this resulted into a lack of bangers or just songs that you can't add to your chill indie playlists, however this type of record ... read more
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Track List

  1. Oh My God
  2. No Halo
  3. Nothing Sacred / All Things Wild
  4. OMG Rock n Roll
  5. Seven Devils
  6. Hail Mary
  7. Piss River
  8. Savannah
  9. Storm (Beneath the Weather)
  10. Congratulations
  11. I Want to Be Clean
  12. Sing a Glad Song
  13. Ballad of Faye
  14. O Behold
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Added on: February 27, 2019