Tween

Wye Oak - Tween
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2016 Ratings: #324 / 763
User Score
Based on 47 ratings
2016 Ratings: #150
June 9, 2016 / Release Date
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Dream Pop, Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

In the end, Tween is a fascinating look at a band mid-metamorphosis, and makes Wye Oak’s sonic leap between Civilian and Shriek make a lot more sense. More than that, the LP is a rare, detailed chronicle of the process a group goes through as it attempts to tweak its voice.

80
Pitchfork

A mini-album of outtakes might not be the protracted breakthrough so many wish for Wye Oak, but as they take their galloping victory lap on “Watching the Waiting,” Tween sure sounds like triumph.

80
Exclaim!

Tween's exploratory tone is an expected attitude for slightly bored but highly innovative indie veterans like Wye Oak to adopt. Oftentimes, change is risky, but here, the destination is worth any anxiety caused by the change of direction.

70
PopMatters

Tween is surprising in that it’s extremely coherent for this type of compilation. There’s very few weak moments and the whole thing holds together nicely.

70
Under The Radar

The compositional quality is unmistakable, down to the sharp guitar layers over ominously steady rhythm parts, to Wasner's haunting vocals. It may not scream essential to anyone other than devotees, but for a collection of unused material, Wye Oak could do a lot worse.

70
AllMusic

This scattershot feel makes Tween something mainly for die-hard Wye Oak fans who want a peek behind the curtain, or for anyone curious about how they managed to make the daring stylistic leap from Civilian to Shriek.

68
Paste

It’s fascinating stuff, but not the kind of thing that would appeal to a listener who’s more content with accessible melodies and ready refrains. It’s clearly aimed at more adventurous individuals, an admirable trait but not the sort of thing that inspires a wider realm of appeal.

60
NOW Magazine

It's a bold move to pick up the scraps from the floor, finish them up and declare them worth hearing, even if they don't fit tidily on any previous (or future) albums.

CheapandLethal
75
Decent
FinalLifeline
85
Like, what in tarnation. Seriously. One of the year's most underrated pop albums, can't believe I waited until fucking December to listen to it. It's so short too, which is nice for repeat listens. Which are definitely happening.
sourcherry24
88
Really good!
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#13/Under the Radar
#74/Earbuddy

Track List

  1. Out of Nowhere
  2. If You Should See
  3. No Dreaming
  4. Too Right
  5. Better (For Esther)
  6. On Luxury
  7. Trigger Finger
  8. Watching the Waiting
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