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Oh Sees


Nineteenth album of psyched-out garage rock from the San Francisco band and first under the abbreviated moniker

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  1. 9.5 |   Paste Magazine

    An absolutely evil stunner from front to back, top to bottom, head to toes and everywhere in between
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  2. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    Oh Sees break through to psychedelic superstardom with new album Orc
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  3. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Oh Sees punctuate their peregrinations with expertly placed guitar riffs and shrieks, which keep the talk of castles and beasts and coffins from getting out of hand, and the instrumentals from feeling too digressive
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  4. 8.0 |   DIY

    Even as they celebrate two decades as the kings of America’s psych scene, they show no signs of becoming stale
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    He's truly an indie rock treasure and if he and the Oh Sees made a hundred albums a year, they'd all be worth listening to. Especially if they had the raging fire, killer songs, and unpredictable genius that Orc has
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    For shredheads, there's urgent opener "The Static God," while the superb "Animated Violence" alternates between the album's twin moods of sustained guitar menace and reflective percussive ambience. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Dwyer's crew are oft-cited as the world's most exciting live rock band; they're also making some of its most exciting rock records. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   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
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  9. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    As you might expect from the relentlessly imaginative Oh Sees, each of Orc’s songs are bursting at the seams with ideas
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  10. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Anyone who worships at the altar of stoner rock will just be happy that the band have provided another chaos-inflected album following last year’s confused ‘An Odd Entrances’
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  11. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Fans should be happy. Newcomers should be enthralled. Doubters should be silenced
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  12. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Dwyer is hitting yet another career high
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  13. 7.5 |   The 405

    Another immensely satisfying offering from one of underground rock’s modern heroes
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  14. 7.5 |   Earbuddy

    This band doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon
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  15. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    John Dwyer’s garage-punk band continues to travel further toward rock’s outer limits
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  16. 7.0 |   Crack

    With such regular releases, with Oh Sees we’re spoilt for choice. At worst, you can say this isn’t different enough from the last, but with a band this good, who cares?
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  17. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Orc is the fun kind of chaotic monster mash that Oh Sees do best
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  18. 6.0 |   Q

    An incredibly full-on record. Print edition only

  19. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Something worth bearing in mind the next time you long for an artist to switch things up a bit – Orc is most exciting when it is Oh Sees doing their thing
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  20. 2.0 |   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
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