Ought - Room Inside the World
Room Inside the World
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Aoaystheory
80
album artwork > the music
morningsbell
69
Wasted such a pretty album cover
MarkCooper
77
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
kidhead
67
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
VividAids
88
this album is fantastic fuck melon
The_Backdrifter
60
Ought's latest is disappointing.
amygoodall
81
good
liammenzies
55
Everything about this album is sheer gloomy but sadly it failed to hold my interest for too long though that being said, some of the lyrics on here are utterly agonising (in a good way).
78
Ought on this new album give up on their chaotic Post-Punk sound almost entirely, in exchange for a much more Art Rock style. And for the most part, they certainly do it justice. But because this was such a major shift for the band, I feel like they did make a few hiccups along the way. There were some occasions where I felt like they needed to bring in more of their classic style, and some occasions where quite frankly things got a little too weird. But at the end of the day, Ought are ... read more
jordymusic
71
The Instrumental aesthetics on Room Inside the World are the best part of the record, nicely composed gloomy instrumental works weep sorrowfully throughout, the theme is the same but the instrumentals never become a bore though in some parts they would benefit from a little more flavour

The vocal work is very distracting though, it's all pretty dull and the way the lead singer stumbles through a lot of his melodies reminds me a lot of some of Scott Walkers work, there's certainly emotion ... read more
90
Las primeras escuchas me hicieron extrañar un poco al viejo Ought. But it's a grower. Genial.
vivianabonura
65
I canadesi Ought sono una band che nasce dalle ceneri del post-punk, sulle quali è ricaduta una tradizione art rock che li ha vestiti di sofisticazione e di rigore. In Room Inside The World il loro sound si fa ancora più adulto e teso, intellettuale, profumandosi degli anni 80′ e vede il frontman Tim Darcy dissipare i suoi dubbi esistenziali - sull’isolamento, i sentimenti provvisori, sull’autocontrollo e la sua mancanza - su strumentali proiettate su ... read more
rosevean
67
#3 Disaffectation
#7 Take Everything
70
A definite step down from their previous work. They are heading more for a new wave and less post punk direction, kind of like how Public Image did when post-punk got stale the first time around. There's some decent cuts here, Take Everything and Desire come to mind. The rest is mostly forgettable.
MasterCrackfox
77
This album has a huge influence from The Cure and other 80s acts of the like, but takes an interesting modern spin to its sound. It comes out as a pure, emotionally charged album with plenty to take in.

Favorite track: Desire
81
inconsistent album, but desire is in my top 5 tracks of the year
Cape90
63
Fav Tracks: Disgraced In America, These 3 Things, Desire
Least Fav Track: Brief Shield,

Shame because I really digged the teasers. It sort of grew on me though, a little bit anyway.
60
Great ideas, but lacks the emotional connection I felt with the first couple LP's. This emotional disconnection only gets more pronounced with repeat listens. Even though I truly love songs like "Desire", one can't help but feel that Tim Darcy's lyrics (or more so the vocal delivery) are from a position of disaffection, or are a a removed meta commentary on human dramas...

"Birds fly around
While the dividends pay
Birds fly around
While I'm picking up change"

Lyrics like ... read more
twwalter
69
Nice.

Favorite tracks: Disgraced in America, These 3 Things, Desire
60
instrumentation is enjoyable but vocal work is distracting and irritating. not for me.
Rob_StA
86
Top 3 Tracks:
Disaffectation
These 3 Things
Desire
panoramareviews
69
Un largaduración que desde su comienzo impone un sonido y no lo suelta demasiado: Ought manufactura otro ejemplo más de post-punk tradicional, que en términos generales no genera mucha sorpresa. En ‘Room Inside the World’ puede haber momentos puntuales que destaquen, sin embargo, lo que se espera en los lanzamientos de un estilo con un sonido ya establecido como el post-punk es que se innove, que se trate de reinventar la rueda para así dar paso a algo ... read more
NR
Tim D’arcy is one of top front men in rock. I’ve heard some mixed reactions to this and his brilliance solo album. The criticism is quite baffling since these albums are both modern day classics.
dijkvanruben
88
To say Ought has on this album reinvented itself might be an exaggeration, but shaping it exclusively in a studio environment has made Room Inside The World fascinating way beyond its song structures. Musically, Ought captivates & mesmerizes - which includes Darcy's vocals, more versatile and spacious than ever.
CheapandLethal
55
Uninspiring
wolfgangAMADEUS
73
Excellent
Music_Observer
61
“Sensible” is just about the most positive adjective I can give to describe these musical traits, and while that counts for something, the lack of perceivable drive or conviction in any musical idea made this quite a dull listen. The most obvious negative about the work comes from the most exposed and forefront layer in the sound, which was the lethargic and annoying vocals. Despite the vocals getting the bulk of the weight and attraction in each song, this group didn’t seem ... read more
68
Quite liked the vocals. Highlight - Take Everything. After that album runs out of steam.
80
Ought's new album is a success in some ways, and less so in others. The album's crowning achievement is "Desire," a beautiful art-rock track with some of Ought's best instrumentation and angelic backing vocals. Other points on the album don't live up to the same level of beauty, and Darcy's lead vocals often get strained too far. Sometimes, this results in a feeling of urgency, but sometimes it falls flat. I will admit I've heard this album quite a bit since it came out, and though ... read more
winitheju
67
The more Tim Darcy sings, the worse they sound. Vocals and rhythms are far less punchy than their predecessor. A little bit disappointing, to be honest
mattgoold
82
Smooth and brooding, their best and most beautiful album yet.
MySoftBulletin
50
I just cannot suffer the vocals
dearsongs
60
More songs like Desire & These 3 Things, less math rock.
pstaggs707
75
Though the album itself is quite as amazing as the pre-released singles may have suggested, it is still a very solid post-punk record. Lead singer Tim Darcy still consistently sounds like Ian Curtis if he were to swallow ANOHNI whole, and the entire rhythm section weaves expertly back and forth with the tight, wiry guitar playing. If Ought just comes through next time with a set of songs that are consistently as good as "Desire" and "Disgraced in America," they may well have ... read more
Br
68
Atrocious vocals...
Taylorajohnson
77
The lead singles off this album show Ought striding forward in constructing memorable post-punk pieces with moody synths and vocals with complimentary chords. Adding to this tone are tracks like 'Into the Sea' and 'Dissaffection' which carry the tone of the album and also provide some interesting structural breaks with cool, complimentary percussion. However, too often the tracks on the latter half of the album lag in their melodies and variation, for example 'Brief Shield' is dull and ... read more
Pmarf46
83
These guys are just getting better and better. "These 3 Things" sounds like it's been scavenged from the weird middle ground where Joy Division became New Order. This same cross-section gave birth to the tune "Dreams Never End", so, obviously, that comparison is nothing but a massive compliment.
pnrs
70
I want to like this. I really do. I'm generally a sucker for post-punk records, and I liked Ought's last album, but this is just very okay. Room Inside the World is technically good, but I like bite in the genre and this record has no teeth and really doesn't leave much of a lasting impression.
zeyadreda
60
Waiting for it to kicks in =/
WildChameleon
68
I don't really like the "acting crappy" voice despite excellent instrumentation
itsyahboinoah
67
With Ought latest record "Room Inside the World" this is my first time listening to this band and damn this is feels really underwhelming. So far, im going try re-listening to it if it grows on me.
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