Jet Plane and Oxbow

Shearwater - Jet Plane and Oxbow
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2016 Ratings: #170 / 760
User Score
Based on 85 ratings
2016 Ratings: #386
January 22, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic
It would be easy to dismiss Shearwater's nod to '80s sonic excess as opportunistic, not to mention a little bit late to the party, if it weren't so consistently compelling and undeniably grand.
85
Under The Radar

Far from retro, Jet Plane and Oxbow lives up to its Back to the Future billing.

85
The Line of Best Fit
Shearwater strikes a proper balance between anxiety and artistry on this new record, a tenuous equilibrium that the world desperately needs to find on its own at the moment.
83
A.V. Club
The album doesn’t always fulfill its ambitions, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially with results as muscular as this one.
80
The Skinny

Eight years on ... hints of stadium-scale bombast are making their mark on the ever-evolving Shearwater sound, with ninth album Jet Plane and Oxbow the band’s punchiest and most populist work to date.

80
PopMatters

Jet Plane and Oxbow is a remarkably polished, alluring, and dignified accomplishment. The way Shearwater combines retro synthpop accentuations with modern rock foundations is quite intriguing.

80
The Guardian
As the lyrics hurtle between bloody beaches and ozone-cracked skies, the music strives for a brooding but soaring power to match the message.
80
musicOMH

Whether this is Shearwater’s finest album is debatable; some fans may still miss the more rustic, hushed and unpolished vibe of 2006’s Palo Santo. Undoubtedly, though, it’s a record of confidence and passion, fronted by a man with plenty to say.

80
The 405

Jet Plane and Oxbow is an engrossing listen, it's a multi-faceted record full of beauty, paranoia, hope, ecstasy and despair.

75
Pitchfork

With Jet Plane and Oxbow, Shearwater achieve not only their grandest statement to date, but their most grounded as well.

70
Exclaim!

The sense of velocity and flight, paired with Meiburg's dramatic vocals, delivered with Bowie-like flair here, making Jet Plane and Oxbow a natural progression for Shearwater, and a nice departure from their typical offerings.

70
Rolling Stone
It's refreshing to hear them switch things up on this, their seventh full-length release, by writing more immediate pop songs without sacrificing their rich, thoughtfully placed instrumentation.
67
Consequence of Sound
That otherworldly sound may be fully established in another decade, but even by coming close, Shearwater pull off a real feat.
60
Drowned in Sound
The balance between the indulgent and the extemporaneous in indie rock is something that’s tantalisingly just out of reach over a full length. It leaves a record that feels like a journey rather than an arrival.
92
I keep seeing people compare and contrast Shearwater with bands like Iron & Wine and Calexico...and while I understand it, I don't agree. The remind me of no one more than Marillion in the Steve Hogarth era, especially after Marbles. This album is a kind of folk-rock/neo-progressive sound that I haven't heard as much of of late, and I really like it. It is quieter than a lot of its near peers and feels more considered.
Catitude40
60
nice I like it; the rythum
JulianGomez974
42
This is the first time an album has made me wonder if I was listening to one band or a compilation of different artists. Like what the hell?! Shearwater go from indie rock to alternative country and then to some pseudo-dream pop, I couldn't tell what is the signature of this band or what should their sound be like. All I know is that I found myself really bored with 3/4 of the tracks, they aren't compelling nor exciting just plain. This was a disaster.

Fav tracks: Filaments.
Least fav track: ... read more
85
If you like Pink Floyd's Division Bell, this reminds me of a slightly edgier continuation of that sound without the guitar solos. Something about it keeps me coming back, though. Radio Silence and Filaments are my picks.
nostar
75
I like certain parts of this album but just can't seem to fall in love with it. Maybe requires more listens.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#21/No Ripcord
#70/Under the Radar

MISC LISTS

#92/Drift Records

Track List

  1. Prime
  2. Quiet Americans
  3. A Long Time Away
  4. Backchannels
  5. Filaments
  6. Pale Kings
  7. Only Child
  8. Glass Bones
  9. Wildlife in America
  10. Radio Silence
  11. Stray Light at Clouds Hill
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