AOTY 2021


King Krule - The OOZ
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2017 Ratings: #246 / 898
Year End Rank: #17
User Score
2017 Ratings: #48
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This is not an album to absorb in desperate moments, but rather an artfully brooding, grime-y thing that stands as a terribly unique and nightmarish account of what it could sound like to spiral out of control.
Pretty Much Amazing

The Ooz is an Archy Marshall hash, the strange scraps of his brain stewed into something unrecognizable and delicious.

Drowned in Sound

The OOZ creates a brutalist and beautiful terrain, one that we can wander vicariously through King Krule; it’s nothing short of a masterpiece.


The world is a filthy, utterly debased place, his music suggests, but there are rewards of sorts for those determined to survive it. In this spirit, The OOZ drops at our feet like a piece of poisoned fruit, a masterpiece of jaundiced vision from one of the most compelling artists alive.

‘The OOZ’ is undoubtedly another thought-provoking entry into the discography one of Britain’s most exciting and challenging young artists. An intense, yet rewarding listen.
Compared to the debut, the songwriting is more refined and the sounds are more disparate, resulting in a sort of controlled chaos, a scuzzy mix of nervy neo-rockabilly projectiles, howling dirges, and noodling dive-lounge tunes.
Under The Radar
Imagine a flat where music equipment is strewn around, loose baccy peppers the kitchen counter while a figure sits, battling a prodding depression that determines his every whim. It's this achey, lonely post-adolescence which King Krule masterfully captures across the entire record.
Spectrum Culture

The Ooz is rich with detail, but its length means its ideas have enough room to spread out. It’s teeming with life, but it never feels too busy.

Consequence of Sound

Even with three or four excess tracks, the album is still an essential listen; disorienting but never dull, heartsick but never maudlin, the rambling melancholy of The Ooz seems destined to soundtrack thousands of lonesome nights and send its listeners on journeys through its nocturnal half-dream without the need to leave the comfort of their headphones.

Archy Marshall’s second album as King Krule proves he’s the troubled voice of a generation
Crack Magazine

The Ooz is confessional, confrontational, soothing and abrasive; an invitation into the fluid creativity of one of the most compelling songwriters of his generation.

Northern Transmissions

A little bloated the record occasionally feels samey in places and too abrasive in others, but with few songs feeling without merit. Thanks to strong moments, The OOZ is a record that earns its run time.

Everything here works towards articulating the hypnotic Kingdom of Krule, and it's one worth getting lost in.

Despite the fractured nature of its lyrics, The OOZ is quite enveloping; its heady mix of fractured jazz guitar and stuttering beats create a dark, unsettling world in which Marshall’s gunky vignettes come alive.

It’s a sprawling, dense record and one which represents another progression for an artist who was already way ahead of his years.
FLOOD Magazine

The breadth of genre and influence that The OOZ sports over nineteen tracks totaling more than an hour is nothing short of staggering.

Time Out London
‘The Ooz’ is the bad weather outside and the flaws in aged vinyl – imperfect, but oh so satisfying.
‘The Ooz’ won’t be to everyone’s taste; it’s refreshing yet bleak at the same time, but King Krule’s talent is undeniably raw and honest.
The Line of Best Fit
The Ooz is a meandering, disorientating trip through punk, ska, jazz and hip hop – held together by Marshall’s menacing vocal sneer. It’s an open letter to a city that he loves, but knowingly recognises it is slowly dragging him down.
A.V. Club
All that aimlessness is certainly on brand for the hazy expanses Marshall so clearly wants to create, but like the seeping unctuousness for which the album is named, it threatens to engulf his more potent songs.
Loud and Quiet
It’s an album of contradictions, and there’s a profound statement in there somewhere. If not for a lack of quality control, this would’ve been something great.
The Guardian
The end result is by turns gripping, idiosyncratic, baffling and frustrating: not so much an ooze as a splurge of ideas – that’s nevertheless worth picking through.
As it draws on ... it gets easier to think that a bit of brutality on the cutting room floor might only have been of benefit to ‘The Ooz’. ‘The Maltese Falcon’, one of the greatest noir films of all time, wasn’t much more than an hour and a half long, after all.
The Observer

Over 19 tracks some focus is lost, but focus isn’t really the point of Krule, whose moods make for an immersive listen.

The Needle Drop
King Krule returns with a series of vague, moody musical sketches.
As we grow old and advance through time and space, the very essence of being a human being is slowly, but incessantly unveiled before us. At times, the interstice between our adolescent years and those of what many consider to be 'adulthood' pass us by in the blink of an eye, leaving us disoriented, drifting motionless in the backspace of our minds whenever we stop and give the whole process some thought. For some, the interplay within the act of growing up can be painful, confusing, loathsome, ... read more
I feel like this could be seen as King Krule's equivalent to Blonde in a way maybe? I mean it took it him quite a while to finish it, it's a less direct album than it's predecessor and it has much more of a focus towards building a rich sonic tapestry and writing lyrics raw to the bone than making you bob your head, I can just see a mild correlation there. Regardless, this is one of the most raw and biting albums of 2017, Archy sounds incredibly vulnerable on almost every track here. This can ... read more
Archy embraces his inner scoundrel with The Ooz, abandoning a singles-power album like his debut instead for texture-heavy, ghoulish, 80 minute timepiece that lets us sink into the muddy and murky underbelly of deep London.

The sloppy, low-end heavy mixing of the album compliments the tone Archy is trying to pull off, adding to that dirty drifter feel we got when he released his video for "Dum Surfer." As do the lyrics, which take his usual style a step further, proving Archy can ... read more
Man this album smells like cigarettes.
If this isn't a good album. Then what do the people want?

Still capturing the slow moody mood of current London. Giving a more punk influenced sound, very much Pixies influenced. Evolving, and the critics still don't get it?
Covering so much over a career and it feels this is the last piece of what you could see coming through, a faster moving band, a cleaner-tighter sound, finishing in a Demon Days way of 3 half connecting songs as a slow fade out. Great ending to a punchy album. Even giving ... read more
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Added on: September 8, 2017