AOTY 2021


Oh Sees - Castlemania
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2011 Ratings: #312 / 997
User Score
Based on 51 ratings
2011 Ratings: #170
Liked by 2 people
May 10, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
In The Red / Label
Garage Rock / Genres / Website
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This is easily my new favorite Oh Sees record. It's a very folk-inspired throwback to the experimental music of the 60's, featuring the band's trademark brand of psychedelia and oddball stonerisms. While some people have bemoaned this sound, I personally love it. It may not be as noisy as an album like Floating Coffin (which I still love), but it's totally unique within the band's discography and has some of their best songs. Tracks like Blood On The Deck maintain the bliss of 60's ... read more
Never really got into this band much at all but I always loved their version of "If I Stay Too Long" a whole lot.
Este álbum se me hace algo extraño en su discografía. La incorporación de un folk despreocupado totalmente me encanta si soy sincero, le da un tono diferente a los trabajos anteriores y hace que las canciones sean muy pegadizas y me encanta la portada, literal suena al álbum en cuestión. Una joya oculta en su discografía sin lugar a duda.
Yeah, this one's just kinda bad. Sorry. I don't usually dislike Oh Sees albums, but this gets grating really quick. And besides, 16 tracks is way too long for an album that gets old by the fifth song.

- interesting sound
- decent instrumentation

- boring compositions
- grating definitely-not-King-Gizzard-vocals
- bloated
There are so many words to describe this band it's hard to keep track at this point.

So, I would say this album blends 60s psychedelic-pop with garage punk/rock. The album feels like a bad trip in a way which is what I believe what it was going for. What benefits this album is that it is very captivating, and it's unique. They came out of their shell and no longer sound like so many other bands at the time. I love the distorted vocals and the raspy voice of Dwyer throughout the album. The ... read more
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Track List

  1. I Need Seed 
  2. Corprophagist (A Bath Perhaps) 
  3. Stinking Cloud 
  4. Corrupted Coffin 
  5. Pleasure Blimps 
  6. A Wall, A Century 2 
  7. Spider Cider 
  8. The Whipping Continues 
  9. Blood On The Deck 
  10. Castlemania 
  11. AA Warm Breeze 
  12. Idea For Rubber Dog 
  13. The Horse Was Lost
  14. I Won't Hurt You 
  15. If I Stay Too Long
  16. What Are We Craving?

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