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King Krule


Second album under the King Krule moniker from Archy Marshall, the indie trip-hop singer-songwriter

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  1. 9.1 |   Paste Magazine

    An intoxicating collection, likely to imperil the cultivation of many new fans for Marshall by spoiling the twisted audience he already had
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  2. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Archy Marshall’s open invitation to submerge into in his singular mind and meld with it. It’s a dark offer, but one absolutely worth taking up
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  3. 9.0 |   Clash

    An intense, yet rewarding listen
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  4. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Nothing short of a masterpiece
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  5. 9.0 |   Pitchfork

    The richest and most immersive album the London singer-songwriter has made yet, under any name
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  6. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    A dense mix of free-jazz, art-punk, and ambient spoken word
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  7. 8.5 |   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
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  8. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Rarely has dissatisfaction and frustration sounded so appealing
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  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Rich and strange. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Earbuddy

    He seems to be injecting The Ooz with some shock factor. And maybe that’s what makes the album so interesting even in the moments where it meanders
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  11. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Everything here works towards articulating the hypnotic Kingdom of Krule, and it's one worth getting lost in
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  12. 8.0 |   Crack

    Confessional, confrontational, soothing and abrasive; an invitation into the fluid creativity of one of the most compelling songwriters of his generation
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  13. 8.0 |   The Music

    There's a quiet brutality to King Krule's work
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  14. 8.0 |   NME

    Taken whole, it’s a looping, dense, all-encompassing experience where anger and tenderness bang heads throughout. Marshall’s world is grimier than ever
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  15. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Slow-hand guitar licks, crashing drums and the odd bit of brass or electronica to form raw, bluesy orchestration that’s as classically cool as a round-neck tee
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  16. 8.0 |   Q

    The Ooz can be dark and difficult. But it is also ambitious and delightful. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Nothing released in 2017 so far has sounded anything like The OOZ, and it’s doubtful that anything will be as great, either
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  18. 7.4 |   Gig Soup

    ‘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
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  19. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A meandering, disorientating trip through punk, ska, jazz and hip hop – held together by Marshall’s menacing vocal sneer
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  20. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    At a whopping 66 minutes, Marshall often falls into self-indulgence, reciting his angst-riddled poetry over the endless droning of muffled guitars and electronic atmospherics
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  21. 6.0 |   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
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  22. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    If not for a lack of quality control, this would’ve been something great
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  23. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Marshall's irregular flashes of idiosyncratic brilliance impress, though The OOZ's 19 tracks contain many longueurs that merely baffle or bore, so tread carefully. Print edition only

  24. 6.0 |   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
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  25. 6.0 |   DIY

    Has fine moments, but might have benefited from some brutality in the cutting room
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