Wednesday - Rat Saw God
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2023 Ratings: #37 / 757
Year End Rank: #7
User Score
2023 Rank: #147
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Sputnikmusic

Without polish or overproduction, Wednesday sound is a powerful exclamation of a narrative, full of noise, beauty, and deeply relatable feelings and stories. It may not feel perfect, but it’s real.

90
PopMatters

On Wednesday’s spectacular Rat Saw God, the North Carolina quintet weave a vivid tapestry of misery led by Karly Hartzman’s ekphrastic storytelling.

90
Uncut

Remarkably, the world they create together never curdles into sentimentality ... Wednesday turn that stabbing pain into triumphant rock'n'roll.

90
Clash
Finding magic in the mire ‘Rat Saw God’ is an emphatic, uplifting reminder of the privilege of being alive.
90
Loud and Quiet
Now signed to Dead Oceans (home of Phoebe Bridgers and Mitski) Wednesday are well placed to reap the benefits of such a rich and riveting set. God willing, they will.
90
Slant Magazine
The album cycles through an eclectic range of influences, from grunge to shoegaze to country-style balladry.
88
Pitchfork
Wednesday’s noisy, rangy sound finds a home in the quiet, lonely corners of America. Their outstanding new album is why they’re one of the best indie rock bands around.
87
Beats Per Minute
Whether it’s getting fucked in an SUV underneath a dogwood or rambling about the Jewish kid who got a preacher’s daughter pregnant, Wednesday’s reflections of surviving the South aren’t going to leave your thoughts any time soon. They are now part of history, and so are Wednesday.
83
Paste
The Asheville-based quintet’s latest album blends blue-grass and shoegaze to create a set of visceral vignettes.
81
Northern Transmissions

Rat Saw God is able to scare you, deceive you with a thousand of its looks, but besides, understanding that it all was hidden in these 37 minutes – such control of your emotions impresses and you succumb to it more.

80
The Line of Best Fit
The space between the two – reckless childhood and cynical maturity – is where Wednesday resides, but they manage to find beauty in it all.
80
God Is in the TV
Being a band as good as Wednesday is something to aspire to. This LP has been described as the rock album of the year so far, but it’s more than a rock record, it has more depth and textures and aural Easter Eggs. It might look like trouble, but it tastes like chocolate if you want it.
80
Rolling Stone
The North Carolina band thrives on a huge guitar sound and the great songwriting of Karly Hartzman.
80
Exclaim!

Rat Saw God is wildly ambitious and easily lives up to the industry hype — Wednesday have succeeded once again in twisting nostalgia and existential dread into a braid of bruising, life-affirming rock music. We're lucky to have them.

80
Under the Radar

Rat Saw God stands as a more open testament to the band’s and Hartzman’s unflinching observations of what is abundantly shown to them along the well worn highways they traverse.

80
No Ripcord
It's a testament to Hartzman's nuanced lyrical bent, whose articulate observations are intriguing and even funny rather than affected.
80
AllMusic

Some albums sound like the artists were trying with all their might to make an epic statement in words and music; Rat Saw God sounds like Wednesday had no such lofty aims, but their commitment to the people they write about and their instincts about crafting music to match make this a stunningly powerful work that may well turn out to be a masterpiece.

79
Spectrum Culture
Wednesday’s appreciation of southern rock and alt-country and proximity to small-town life is what makes their sound unique in this indie rock landscape.
70
DIY
While some of the stylistic variation here can feel disjointed at times, there’s plenty on offer to suggest a band on the rise.
pengtings
81

i really dont like lettuce on burgers, everyone says it adds "texture" or "moisture" but it doesnt do fucking either. the texture it like biting into a piece of paper and the moisture is about how much moisture is in a grain of sand, or inversely it makes the whole burger wet as fuck and just gross to eat. so thats why i hate lettuce on burgers, i do not agree with that shit, and dont even get me started on tomatos...

BradTasteMusic
83

Idk who the hell these guys are, but I got this as a suggestion from someone to check out. Yeah it’s great. It is indie rock but with ACTUAL personality and gusto. It isn’t afraid to be weird, even with a mostly tame sound palette. I say mostly tame, but a couple moments caught me off guard for sure

A great listen. Didn’t expect much, but got a favorite from the year through it.

Chode
80

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The worst part of growing up for Wednesday vocalist Karly Hartzman isn’t her bones getting more brittle or losing some of her closest friends to time; it’s the responsibilities. Getting to that age where you can no longer endure that “live like there’s no tomorrow” lifestyle; when you’re forced to leave behind spending all your weeknights drinking your ... read more

Kiwo
76

I liked its essence. Even though strangeness is what captures the energy of your album (which I believe is intentional), it also manages to contain an intimate energy, which I would have liked to have covered a little more. The beginning was a bit difficult for me, but after a few more listens the project became more cohesive and something I could enjoy. Chosen to Deserve is my favorite.

79

Remarkably top-heavy but does a really great job of blending a ton of different sounds.

Bandwidth
80

Really good indie-rock mixed with some shoegaze and rage. Really nice vocals and lyrics just enjoyable in everyway.

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Track List

1Hot Rotten Grass Smell
1:35
82
2Bull Believer
8:30
91
3Got Shocked
2:18
80
4Formula One
2:52
78
5Chosen to Deserve
5:32
83
6Bath County
3:10
82
7Quarry
4:07
80
8Turkey Vultures
4:05
82
9What’s So Funny
2:32
72
10TV in the Gas Pump
2:22
77
Total Length: 37 minutes
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Added on: January 3, 2023