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AOTW - H2H Week 2 - Oxbow - The Narcotic Story

Post by not tyson » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:16 am

DISCLAIMER: THE FOLLOWING LINK WILL START YOU AT TRACK 4 ENSURE YOU CLICK TRACK 1

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Oxbow - The Narcotic Story

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Post by The Boss » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:23 am

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxbow_%28band%29

Quite interesting so far.
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Post by hellboy » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:25 am

An album I'm already quite familiar with - it's an excellent choice. I will take another listen to it tomorrow and post a review.

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Post by The Boss » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:55 am

Alrighty then . . .

Started off . . . odd. Didn't really improve on that at any point for more than a few bars.

"Time, Gentlemen, Time" is where it started to get me. The next track wasn't too bad either, but a serious problem was starting to emerge: The fucking vocalist.

I'm not a big fan of listening to really good music with shitty-sounding vocalists. If you're just going to snarl, snort, scream, chat, and generally just do anything besides actual singing, then - well, that's cool for you, I guess. No need to ruin the instruments, though.

My issue was amplified by "She's a Find". Dude really DOES try to sing - but I get the sense he's not taking it very seriously, because he sounds fucking stupid. The song dragged on for entirely too long. It probably would've held my interest, if the singer had shut the fuck up.

By the time I had got to the sixth track, I wanted to go away and do other things. I nearly did, but it's Tyson, and he's my homeboi.

Kind of wish I'd had, though. Yet another track of irritating vocals, and fairly derivative music.

The last three were a REAL struggle. My eyes started to glaze over, and the dude's voice was literally starting to make me feel ill. Lots of cringing. Lots and lots.

I could go so far to say that that was a terrible album. But it wasn't.

Obviously, I wasn't a fan of the vocals. However, the musicianship was very accomplished, albeit a little "meh" in some parts. I can see 25 year old Crow loving this shit, if only because it has a different dynamic to a lot of other stuff I was listening to. At this age, though, I look for something a little more refined.

Or maybe "avant garde" just isn't for me. Which is fine.

So, in summary: I think this was an OK album - but I didn't like it at all.

Combining those two ideas, I'll give it a 5/10. Will never listen to it again.

Thanks for sharing, brother! It was good to get out of my comfort zone.
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Post by liz » Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:40 am

I shall give it no score nor post a blow by blow, but I don't spend my time taking pictures either. I really enjoyed it. I'd never heard them before and I'd like to go to a gig. I didn't vote last time because truly I liked neither. I will this go around.:)
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Post by hellboy » Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:40 am

Ok, listening to this album now.

The Boos talks about the vocals in his review. I quite like them for a couple of reasons. Firstly it reminds me of The Jesus Lizard and David Yow's manic style of vocals. In fact the band in general has many similarities with the JL.

Secondly, I think it fits the "story" that the album is trying to tell. I wouldn't expect someone telling a story about narcotics to be especially coherent. The work needs to be viewed more as manic monologue rather than a melodic album of hits.

As far as the songs and writing goes, the album is well performed, with a range of different musical styles employed throughout. Personally, I think it's an album that lends itself to repeat listening, as it reveals more and more every time.

Overall, I think it's a strong album, though in fairness not one I listen to on a regular basis. The band is definitely on my "to see live" list.

I'd probably rate it at around 7/10

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Post by Kittaan » Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:45 pm

First thought: You are pretty much a sorry, depressed lot, aren't you? Or maybe you are just so happy that you need to listen to seriously depressing shit just to maintain?

Anyway, this was much less of a chore to get through than Crow's pick. I have to admit that I was somewhat influenced by HB's review as I did not do any looking into background on these picks, just listening to the music. However, his point about "telling a story about narcotics" rings true, and softened my opinion about the somewhat inaccessible vocals (in parts). The music was fairly interesting and engaging, as well as varied.

So far, you have not even come close to your CBP pick of long ago, but IMO you have clearly won this round with Crow. Calling it now. I don't need no steeenking poll.
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Post by not tyson » Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:05 pm

Kittaan wrote:So far, you have not even come close to your CBP pick of long ago,
Well fucking duh, that album is a 10/10, a rarity.

Although we have agree to disagree on others not coming close, that BT album sits nicely next to it as a 10/10.

Also this album gets a 9 from me, it's a piece of art in itself, I love the way, just like A Love of Shared Disasters, it takes you on a journey, albeit a very different one.

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Post by Kittaan » Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:14 pm

Not Tyson wrote:
Kittaan wrote:So far, you have not even come close to your CBP pick of long ago,
Well fucking duh, that album is a 10/10, a rarity.

Although we have agree to disagree on others not coming close, that BT album sits nicely next to it as a 10/10.

Also this album gets a 9 from me, it's a piece of art in itself, I love the way, just like A Love of Shared Disasters, it takes you on a journey, albeit a very different one.
I'll go back and try the BT again. I didn't hate it by any means...
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Post by The Boss » Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:12 am

LOL, who would've thought that in a popularity contest, Tyson would win.
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Post by not tyson » Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:21 am

I did.

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Post by Calfium Jay » Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:07 am

Interesting. I can see myself listening to this during quieter, more reflective moments. I'll listen at least one more time before giving a final review / score......

Never heard heard of them / him or whoever it is. But yes....interested enough to give it a second listen.

At times it reminds me musically of Slint. In a weird sort of way. I think it's the drumming.....
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Post by hellboy » Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:48 am

Definitely similar to Slint in my opinion.

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Post by basejumper » Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:37 am

Well, not a horrible pick but as others have pointed out, the guys voice is a tough one to get accustomed to. The music is decent and I could probably listen to it again if I could delete the voice track!
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Post by Ravenpig » Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:50 pm

That was interesting. While I didn't like the dude's voice, it never really bothered me. Most of the time it felt more like another instrument rather than the lead. The music is pretty solid all the way through.

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