Oh My God

Kevin Morby - Oh My God
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2019 Ratings: #199 / 790
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Based on 186 ratings
2019 Ratings: #467
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

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.

90
Exclaim!

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

90
Clash

‘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.

80
Uncut

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.

80
NME

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.

80
DIY

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

80
The Observer

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

80
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.

80
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.

70
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.

70
AllMusic

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.

70
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.

62
Pitchfork

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.

60
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.

dearsongs
NR

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.

MarkCooper
74

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

TheBravesDH
66

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.

SonicDiscovery
75

American indie folk/rock singer Kevin Morby releases music at a steady pace and this year he gives us his fifth solo effort Oh My God. On this album Morby showcases more of his vocal stylings that brings other singers like Lou Reed and Bob Dylan to mind and the influence also carries over to the music, as some of music on here can be linked back to Reed’s work (like on “OMG Rock n Roll”). On past efforts we’ve heard his music take more of a full band approach, but this ... read more

ShoegazeJake
60

Kevin Morby being self-indulgent like an art school student.

EdFruscley
84

Everything that Kanye didn't in his album, Kevin Morby brought it in some satirical way. Gospel, folk and Americana put on a plate, like a sampler. I love when the artist has the liberty to do an album like this, say just what he had in mind, with no restrictions. Just relating his storytelling as act to reverence or such a blame to the religious. Above god we are people living stuff. Above everything we have something to show. Morby always has the same position at this, as a such a good ... read more

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Added on: February 27, 2019