The AAAC doesn’t seem to get much interest recently. Well, that will be your loss this week. New album from US band Oxbow (who are from the post-hardcore, noisy, experimental end of things). Their first in 10 years. And it is immense.
How good? Some quotes (from three different reviews):
“Everything here is on point; every single element is executed with a stupefying mastery. Soaring strings, luxurious French horn, jangled distortion and purgative, unhinged vocals; all these things fuse together with glorious consequences. Utterly exceptional.”
“It is a masterpiece, one that is without equal in 2017 so far and one that will be incredibly hard to beat.”
“I’ve had Oxbow’s Thin Black Duke in near-constant rotation since its release and I still haven’t found the words to express my love for this album. I believe it’s the greatest orchestral rock album since Lou Reed’s Berlin; maybe that says enough.”
They’re not joking.