Room Inside the World

Ought - Room Inside the World
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2018 Ratings: #206 / 760
User Score
Based on 277 ratings
2018 Ratings: #478
February 16, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Merge / Label
Post-Punk, Art Punk / Genres
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The Skinny
What Ought achieve on this album both surpasses and expands on what they've already built. A joyous philosophical cacophony that finds new ways to inform, excite and challenge the listener.
Drowned in Sound

Even with the carnations in the lyrics pulled out, Room… remains Ought’s most beautiful – yes, beautiful – album to date.

Loud and Quiet
This is the sound of a band who now really know one another, a well-oiled machine just warming up. It leaves quite the promise for album four.
Listen to this record; it’s post-punk theatre through and through, full of bright colours and left turns, with enough returning cast members to keep the old heads in their seats.
A.V. Club

The Montreal quartet has always supported its nauseous singles with moodier, well-tempered songs that belie Darcy’s commitment to classic pop songcraft, and the gentle production touches and exquisite turns of phrase (“A precious secret / Like a bird inside a vest”) that appear throughout Room Inside The World make it feel like the first Ought record whose defining characteristic is its subtlety.

Northern Transmissions
Though their latest release isn’t breaking a ton of new ground, there’s so many steps being made within their core sound that you’ll be stretched to find anything bad to say.
Under The Radar

This balance of immediacy and distance makes Room Inside the World Ought's fullest work to date.


Generally speaking, the most striking growth in Ought's sound is a new-found elegance. The rhythms of Room Inside the World are as idiosyncratic as ever, but they rationalize effortlessly with the instrumentation.

Crack Magazine

Overall, Room Inside the World succeeds in progressing Ought’s sound with a collection of songs as beautiful and resonant as the best of the band’s work.

Anxiety might still be rooted in Ought’s foundations, but by looking beyond it the four-piece have made their richest, greatest work yet.
It’s still as exhilarating and deftly executed as you’d expect from Darcy and company, but they’re exploring new avenues this time around. Yet, as with the band’s previous work, it grabs you by the scruff of the neck from the beginning and almost demands that you keep listening.

Some might say that Room Inside the World is too far removed from the manic proto-punk stylings of Today More Than Any Other Day or the barrage of organized noise that was Sun Coming Down, but this reviewer is of the opinion that those were building blocks that still exist in the final structure of this new album. It's just that the ways in which they support this new structure might not be what anyone expected, but the unexpected, in this case, is a pretty damn good surprise.

There’s a range and depth to the album that hasn’t quite been there before.
On ‘Room Inside the World’, they refine their sound but still deliver unnervingly manic intensity.
The 405

Room Inside the World is a trove of art-rock and post-punk. Always leaving the listener quite unsure of its potential, it cements Ought’s reputation as an exciting band perfectly capable of evolution and reinvention.


In its more compelling moments, Room Inside the World sounds like a young Scott Walker fronting the Gang of Four, a mix of grandeur and angular tension.


It's an impressive feat that showcases how Ought are moving forward on Room Inside the World, adding new elements to their sound while largely retaining the tension that makes the band so compelling.

Ever the showman, Darcy and company have engineered a refreshing return which though softer around the edges than previous Ought releases, is no less gratifying.
Spectrum Culture

Far from a misguided experiment, Room Inside the World is a crucial step forward from songwriters with the chops and courage to continue to challenge our expectations of indie rock.

No Ripcord

The straightening out of the sound leaves a much more accessible palette to work from, and it allows Darcy’s musings to unspool with the spotlight focused more heavily on them.

The Line of Best Fit
By removing the tension, Ought seem to have lost some of the magic. It’s not entirely gone; their attempts at sonic experimentation signals a bold step that does pay dividends, particularly on “Desire” and the rollicking opener “Into The Sea”. But elsewhere, the band feels a little too comfortable.
The Needle Drop

Ought go for a more conventional post-punk sound on Room Inside the World.

FLOOD Magazine

The schizophrenic energy of their early albums is harder to find here, but it’s not gone—it’s in the changes of tempo, the unpredictability, and the assured poetic slants within the lyrics.

I found Ought because I've heard that their sound is similar to IDLES's. I can kinda see why people say it but it's wrong to compare bands even though everybody does that. This album is nice, I've been having some fun listening to it and I'll check out some other stuff by this guys. Also, I really love the album cover. May change the score soon
album artwork > the music
Wasted such a pretty album cover
Abandoning the sunny yet uncertainty-soaked sound from their two previous records, Room Inside the World sees Ought reemerge on a bed of confident and well-produced tracks that focus more on aesthetic and depth.

Formed in Montreal, Canada, Ought made names for themselves with their 2011 debut EP New Calm, garnering acclaim from their ability to marry the strengths of art rock and post-punk into an apprehensive yet charismatic collection of tracks. This sound would further develop on their ... read more
Ought es una banda magnífica. Tras el exitoso Sun Coming Down, repleto de canciones espléndidas, la banda canadiense lanza su nuevo LP, Room Inside the World, que marca una nueva línea en el sonido de los de Montreal. En los sencillos lanzados ya se podía preveer el pretencioso y necesario cambio hacia un sonido más ochentero, más melódico, bebiendo de la new wave pero sin perder su alma post-punk tan icónica. La voz de Tim Darcy es ... read more
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Added on: October 31, 2017