Oh Sees - Orc
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2017 Ratings: #321 / 712
User Score
Based on 129 ratings
2017 Ratings: #152
August 25, 2017 / Release Date
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Castle Face / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

95
Paste

The record is an absolutely evil stunner from front to back, top to bottom, head to toes and everywhere in between, and whips up the same kind of radiant, strange awe that the band’s overdriven catalog has so generously perpetrated album after wicked album.

83
A.V. Club

The expansive, wandering Orc—with its pastoral arrangements; long, proggy jams; and heavy-metal guitar licks—represents a relative change of pace, fully exploring the band’s heavier, ruminative sounds amid more familiar tics.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Despite all of the quixotic ups and downs in the tunes the album never loses its sense of purpose or momentum.

80
The Skinny

While previous Oh Sees tunes have tended toward explorations of mood, spread out over a krautrock-scented riff or two, here individual songs find themselves bursting at the seams with ideas.

80
Loud and Quiet

Generally, there’s something quite tainted about the sound of the album in its entirety, like an evil pleasure bubbling under the surface.

80
Exclaim!

Fans who have joined the ride at some point in the past 20 years will no doubt be delighted with the dense, stomping chapter found in Orc, though newcomers might feel like they've wandered into a story very much in progress and may be more compelled by some of the band's earlier records.

80
DIY

‘ORC’ is exactly what you’d expect. That’s not to say it’s predictable - not in the slightest - but the band have built up a reputation for crafting mad canvases of sound, full of wild solos and narcotic energy. This album is no different on that front.

80
AllMusic

No matter what shape or form the songs take, they are driven by Dwyer's non-stop energy and the band's uncanny ability to transmit it through the speakers like sparks from a live wire.

80
The Needle Drop

(Thee) Oh Sees is a well-oiled psych rock machine on Orc.

75
The 405

Orc is another immensely satisfying offering from one of underground rock’s modern heroes.

74
Pitchfork

With Orc, the band consolidate the strengths of their joint 2016 releases, A Weird Exits and An Odd Entrances, streamlining their grab-bag experimentation into a more fluid flow and quasi-conceptual framework.

70
Crack Magazine
At worst, you can say this isn’t different enough from the last, but with a band this good, who cares?
60
Drowned in Sound

On Orc, their nineteenth album in 14 years, the formula has to some extent been abandoned, and the effect is not necessarily what those urging for the change were hoping for.

20
Under The Radar

More recycled Roky Erickson-isms and smoky garage-rock riffs pollute the ears along with the most odious proggy lyrics this side of Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.

60
not a fan of the production compared to stuff like Floating Coffin and A Weird exits
morningsbell
85
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmn better than King Gizzard
itsyahboinoah
77
A menacing psychedelic rock album from the band Oh Sees.I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this record with their signature garage pysch sounds and ominous energy bottling up through the tracks is a great listen for any rock fans in general.
MasterCrackfox
76
Formerly Thee Oh Sees, this new album incorporates a lot of interesting genres, like punk and psychedelia. The band tries to see how far they can push you out of your comfort zone with their zaniness, and if you’re willing to go on the ride with them, you’ll find that the outer limits of rock can be pretty enjoyable.
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Track List

  1. The Static God
  2. Nite Expo
  3. Animated Violence
  4. Keys to the Castle
  5. Jettison
  6. Cadaver Dog
  7. Paranoise
  8. Cooling Tower
  9. Drowned Beast
  10. Raw Optics
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Added on: June 7, 2017