A Weird Exits

Oh Sees - A Weird Exits
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Based on 20 reviews
2016 Ratings: #141 / 758
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Based on 117 ratings
2016 Ratings: #143
August 12, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Uncut

Thee Oh Sees are always the same but different, drifting through genres before twisting them out of shape ... On A Weird Exits, they do this more successfully than ever before, with Dwyer taking the band into pulsing dance rhythms and Krautrock as he explores the rich, crackling rhythmic potential of the group’s new two-drummer lineup.

83
Paste

Thee Oh Sees push their normal cartoonishly unhinged garage punk into new krautrock-inspired levels of madness on A Weird Exits.

83
Pretty Much Amazing
Expanding their lineup with a second drummer, Thee Oh Sees are allowed to stretch their sound and release one of their most cosmic, trippiest records yet.
80
Under The Radar

Thee Oh Sees are not a band that will ever seriously reconsider their dynamics, and nor should they. A Weird Exits just goes to show that some bands are so vital to their scene that they never need to change.

80
NME
‘A Weird Exits’, the San Franciscan mob’s latest, is another idiosyncratic serving of synthed-up garage rawk that suggests a brisk workrate needn’t lead to a lack of quality control.
80
AllMusic

With Mutilator, and now this album, the band is firing on all cylinders and then some, making psych-prog-metal-punk jams for the ages.

80
Mojo
Thee oh Sees have never done ‘Thee oh Sees’ quite as well as they do here, a riot of lucid cacophony, androgyny, glowing vignettes of loveliness, and two drummers caught in the most sublime lockstep.
80
The Guardian
It’s less a weird exit and more a brawny re-entry.
80
DIY
The group may be old hat at this by now, but they remain relatively unsung heroes.
80
Exclaim!
This one may be the most proper representation of their live shows and tendency to groove out that they've set loose into the world to date.
80
The Needle Drop
Prolific garage rock outfit Thee Oh Sees drop one of their best records in years.
75
Pitchfork

Even when their pendulum is swinging at a steadier pace, Thee Oh Sees still have the power to hypnotize—but from its twitchy jams to its blown-out power ballads, A Weird Exits’ most intriguing moments come when they break the trance.

75
Consequence of Sound

There’s nothing in A Weird Exits that signals a massive change in the future of Thee Oh Sees, nor does it stand head and shoulders above their catalog. Instead it’s one of many great records they’ve produced and one that shows a refinement and strengthening in John Dwyer’s guitar and voice and one that will continue to fill mosh pits the world over.

70
The Line of Best Fit

There isn’t much to separate A Weird Exits from its 16 predecessors, although it does take elements of their renowned sound and push it to its limits like never before.

70
PopMatters
The previous two records were great, tangled rock records. But there’s a subtle, exciting shift on this record that breathes new life in Thee Oh Sees’ sound, no small feat on the project’s umpteenth album.
70
Drowned in Sound

A Weird Exits feels like the first time in a while that Dwyer has chosen to take a lurch forward rather than a small step.

SmooglyReviews
81
Thee Oh Sees millionth album is another great one, what a shock.

I have grown to love old Oh Sees record's for their stadium-electrifying punk bangers. The venue went crazy, and I could picture a stadium going absolutely bonkers in my head as well while listen to those albums. But at the end of the day, that's all there was too those songs. Sure, I loved them, but I will admit there was a final element of songwriting still missing.

On this album, every Oh Sees doubter should have those ... read more
PatrickL0419
77
An absolute thrill ride - constantly twisting, bending, warping, and distorting itself into new forms.

HIGHLIGHTS: TICKLISH WARRIOR, JAMMED ENTRANCE, PLASTIC PLANT, GELATINOUS CUBE, UNWRAP THE FIEND PT. 2
guileffb
68
I'm really tired of Thee Oh Sees. In fact, they don't have a single album that I like it entirely.

This one is different, though. This is probably the only album they recorded that's as good as their only cohesive album (Floating Coffin). The songs are long, but they're dynamic, spacy and psychedelic - Just as we want them. Oh, not to mention the guitars. They're just juicy as fuck.

The problem is, maybe, only one thing: They kinda did this one million times before. The difference here is ... read more
JulianGomez974
71
Thee Oh Sees's A Weird Exits has surprising electro psychedelic breaks that leave an impact for a few seconds and then it vanishes. The production is strong, the instruments are melodic and on point, but it still seemed just fine. My biggest complain is the vocals, I just can't bear them, I feel lie they don't belong in any part of the record and that's why I ended up liking more the instrumental ones. It'd have been more interesting to see them taking a bit more risks, even though that's what ... read more
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MISC LISTS

#1/Drift Records

Track List

  1. Dead Man’s Gun
  2. Ticklish Warrior
  3. Jammed Entrance
  4. Plastic Plant
  5. Gelatinous Cube
  6. Unwrap the Fiend Pt. 2
  7. Crawl Out From the Fall Out
  8. The Axis
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