Thin Black Duke

Oxbow - Thin Black Duke
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2017 Ratings: #8 / 725
User Score
Based on 135 ratings
2017 Ratings: #93
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.

KIDWITHGUNs
69
Good

[SJO Counter: 21]

Another album from the SATURDAY JACK OFF that needs more listens, I'm conflicted because these instrumentals are beast but it took me too long until I could get settled with how I felt about the vocals.

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notanalt
60
A Dark Red Cover...
WhatTheFunk
87
10 years after "The Narcotic Story", Oxbow has not aged, even though the guys are fifty years old. Oxbow has all it takes for his career to be a shocking sound experience: to keep his music safe from the blues, nothing is heavier than rock, but especially for vocal experiments of Eugene S. Robinson. Well, with "Thin Black Duke", in 2017, what is certain is that these guys from San Francisco have not smoothed their music, nor lost in creativity. A middle-aged Oxbow, in fact, ... read more
zachthesnack
64
The instrumentation is phenomenal

But that vocalist is fuckin annoying
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
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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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