Absolute II

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  • Summary: The album is the final release for Oneida's Thank Your Parents trilogy.
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  • Record Label: Jagjaguwar
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Garage Punk, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
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  1. Jun 14, 2011
    The conclusion of Oneida's Thank Your Parents trilogy got some initial attention when word emerged that Kid Millions' signature drum drive wouldn't be featured, but such is the strength of the band that Absolute II functions both as conclusion and its own distinct release.
  2. Uncut
    Jun 17, 2011
    These four compositions are not without precedent, but all push at conventions of melody, space, tonality, rhythm and timbre. [Jul 2011, p.90]
  3. Mojo
    Jun 24, 2011
    Intense and moving. [Jul 2011, p.105]
  4. Jul 11, 2011
    The album's aesthetic conceit may read better on paper than it plays on record, but it's hard not to be impressed by Oneida's continued dedication to experimenting with what is now perceived as their core sound.
  5. Aug 11, 2011
    Perseverance may reward the diligent seeker, but admirers of their earlier arena rock or stoner rock--with a more raucous delivery of catchy tunes--may feel let down by this metal machine music.
  6. Aug 11, 2011
    From a group as self-satisfied as Oneida, there is a pervasive feeling that, having completed such a grand statement, they will feel consummated and move on in accordance with whatever insatiable rock 'n' roll muse they have been following all these years.
  7. Jun 14, 2011
    Absolute II doesn't reveal anything on repeated listens, in spite of the densely woven textures. While it's another prime example of Oneida defying expectations and challenging themselves as artists, it's perhaps a step too far. It's a blip in an otherwise solid discography.

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