Civilian

Wye Oak - Civilian
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Based on 18 reviews
2011 Ratings: #159 / 918
User Score
Based on 60 ratings
2011 Ratings: #81
March 8, 2011 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

Civilian continues the progress made by 2009’s excellent The Knot, bringing Wye Oak’s astral drone to blossom on a richer, fuller, and more extroverted bouquet of luminous melodies.

80
musicOMH

Wye Oak have in Civilian mastered the trade of a range of subgenres - from post-rock to dream pop - and brought them together in an album, journey and experience that captivates from start to finish.

79
Pitchfork

Wasner and Stack have taken to sanding the edges between quiet and loud, gentle and rough, hard and soft, clean and dirty. From there they've crafted their best LP yet.

70
PopMatters

Civilian packs a more immediate punch, and hits you with southpaw jabs in the middle of songs, shifting once you’ve bedded down.

70
No Ripcord

The band make great songs that make a true spectacle of the clashing of the quaint and the destructive.

60
Drowned in Sound

Civilian has just enough personality to stop it being completely pedestrian.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Spare songwriting and unmemorable lyrics make Civilian a wearying listen if played too often or too long.

77
Wye Oak tend to get overshadowed by flashier contemporaries, but over the past decade they’ve amassed quite a sturdy discography. “Civilian,” perhaps their finest album, does not immediately jump out and grab you, but it’s a classic grower that rewards repeated listens. For a guitar rock album, “Civilian” is quite inventive, with Jenn Wasner conducting complex and dense arrangements that can handle anything from rock builds to bursts of noise pop, as on the ... read more
MarkCooper
85
This album is very overlooked and under-appreciated.
WildChameleon
86
I'm always surprised to see this album so underrated and overshadowed by other unecessary or forgettable indie albums. What we have ?

+ a gorgeous voice
+ sufficient lyrics working
+ great balance of genre
+ Well produced
+ Memorable tracks
+ what could be considered classic tracks (Civilian, fish, we were wealth, plains)

There other albums are solid but don't reach this one.
If
67
22-04-2018
JustinSlick
88
This might be a better album than it got credit for being. I liked it when it came out, but I didn't expect it to end up in the permanent rote. Here I am, still listening and enjoying it three years later. I guess that says it all.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#1/A.V. Club
#8/MAGNET
#17/Treble
#18/Paste
#40/Pazz and Jop
#50/PopMatters

Track List

  1. Two Small Deaths 
  2. The Alter 
  3. Holy Holy 
  4. Dogs Eyes
  5. Civilian
  6. Fish 
  7. Plains 
  8. Hot as Day 
  9. We Were Wealth 
  10. Doubt
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