AOTY 2018

Wild Onion

Twin Peaks - Wild Onion
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2014 Ratings: #360 / 845
User Score
Based on 49 ratings
2014 Ratings: #76
August 5, 2014 / Release Date
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Grand Jury / Label
Garage Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
NME
Twin Peaks aren’t interested in burning out, even if their lifestyle suggests they might. While they’re here, they’re just too good to miss.
83
A.V. Club

With that eye-rolling use of regressive language and the occasional dabbling into hard-partying cliches aside, Wild Onion is a remarkably varied and solid sophomore LP. 

80
AllMusic

Wild Onion makes a huge impact from beginning to end, and serves notice to all the bands out there who think they are playing rock & roll the way it should be played that there are some new kids on the scene who can show them a thing or ten.

80
The Line of Best Fit
Twin Peaks somehow manage to translate the last ten years of American guitar music into a 40 minute package that will help you remember why you fell in love with all of the bands which ‘changed your life’ in the first place.
75
Consequence of Sound

Rather than trip over their lofty sources of inspiration, the band rises to the challenge with a solid and diverse collection of tunes that run the pop rock gamut.

75
Under The Radar

These guys are here to have fun, and their faculty for it might rankle some elders.

70
PopMatters

Lacking the necessary cohesion to make it a truly stellar album, Wild Onion instead plays like a wildly enjoyable compilation of like-minded musicians exploring the possibilities afforded them by a future that is wide open.

70
Rolling Stone

On their second record, the spunky quartet pull off Exile-era Stones strut and Velvet Underground guitar poesy with sophistication that's beyond their years, and a sense of humor, too.

69
Pitchfork

They seem to be offering two distinct versions of themselves: in one, they're good-times party rockers, and in the other they're heartbroken sweethearts. You could cull down Wild Onion to make one nine-song version of either album, and one would be just okay and one would be really good.

60
The 405

If you're going to draw some kind of critical comparison in relation the band's name, in fact, the one you should be making with Wild Onion is between the theme of duality that permeated pretty much every aspect of Twin Peaks' storyline and the fact that this album plays like two EPs that have been spliced together; there's spiky, often aggressive pop, and then lovelorn, low-key reflection, too.

94
Making Breakfast, Sweet Thing and Good Lovin' are just. too. good. Out of this God damn world.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#11/CMJ
#46/NME
#54/PopMatters
#98/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. I Found A New Way
  2. Strawberry Smoothie
  3. Mirror of Time
  4. Sloop Jay D
  5. Making Breakfast
  6. Strange World
  7. Fade Away
  8. Sweet Thing
  9. Stranger World
  10. Telephone
  11. Flavor
  12. Ordinary People
  13. Good Lovin'
  14. Hold On
  15. No Way Out
  16. Mind Frame
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Added on: June 21, 2014