Thin Black Duke

Oxbow - Thin Black Duke
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2017 Ratings: #17 / 838
User Score
Based on 173 ratings
2017 Ratings: #121
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May 19, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Hydra Head / Label
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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.

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.

Drowned in Sound

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

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.

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.


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


[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.

A Dark Red Cover...
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.
Holy shit...

Fav Tunes:
1.) Ecce Homo
2.) Cold & Well-Lit Place
3.) Letter of Note
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
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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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Added on: February 28, 2017