Thin Black Duke

Oxbow - Thin Black Duke
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2017 Ratings: #7 / 717
User Score
Based on 104 ratings
2017 Ratings: #83
May 19, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Hydra Head / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH

Such is the impressive scope, sound, and construction of this album, it’d take someone with genuine cloth ears and malfunctioning cloth ears at that, to find something to dislike about Thin Black Duke.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

The Thin Black Duke is a concentrated work of beauty and malevolence that will go toe-to-toe with any other rock record released this year, and likely beyond.

90
Drowned in Sound

Oxbow's seventh full-length is an incredible, cinematic experience which is at once rewarding and terrifying.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Thin Black Duke isn’t their finest album – for my money, that’d have to be 1995’s Steve Albini-produced Let Me Be A Woman – but it’s still one of the most thrilling, galvanising records I’ve heard in recent months.

80
The Needle Drop

Thanks to Thin Black Duke's lavish orchestration and tour-de-force vocal performances from frontman Eugene Robinson, eminent underground rock outfit Oxbow has delivered a comeback album that leaves me lost for words for all the right reasons.

73
Pitchfork

It may not be their definitive show of force, but it’s a dazzling spectacle nonetheless.

NR
This album is a modern masterpiece in every sense of the word. Oxbow are one of few groups who after a decade of studio album silence have managed to release an album that sticks to the experimental basis of their original material but also gain newfound energy that brims throughout the album. Each track is incredibly well written and performed to perfection. The orchestral elements are so well integrated into the album, perfectly juxtaposing the heavy guitars and slamming drums with tense yet ... read more
808thDimension
80
This is:
a) overlooked as hell &
b) underrated as hell

faves: Cold & Well-Lit Place, Ecce Homo, A Gentleman's Gentleman, Letter of Note, Host, The Upper, The Finished Line
zachthesnack
64
The instrumentation is phenomenal

But that vocalist is fuckin annoying
TheRootBoy
74
Malicious and raw. This well orchestrated piece of underground noise punk is the bands newest release since a decade. I've never paid much mind to them before but since its release I've been more curious and aware of how they've shaped art punk music. From what I can tell, they are still producing poetically driven material and it's great to see them just as strong as before.
itsyahboinoah
85
One of the most underrated consistent experimental rock group Oxbow returns with a new comeback album called Thin Black Duke. Eugene and the boys bring out a grandiose of sound palette.Eugene beastly vocals presented all across the track list sound maniac and sinister. This is definitely a high point of the album.I'm excited to hear where Oxbow would go next after listening to this.A solid return of form.
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Track List

  1. Cold & Well-Lit Place
  2. Ecce Homo
  3. A Gentleman's Gentleman
  4. Letter of Note
  5. Host
  6. The Upper
  7. Other People
  8. The Finished Line
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