Goodnight Oslo - Robyn Hitchcock
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  • Summary: The second album Robyn Hitchcock has recorded with The Venus 3 (Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, & Bill Rieflin) features a track used in the film Rachel Getting Married.
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  1. The vitality that fuels Goodnight Oslo makes it feel like Hitchcock is saying hello for the first time.
  2. Goodnight Oslo is Hitchcock’s most tightly arranged album of the decade.
  3. The highlight, however, comes at the very end. The dense and deeply hypnotic title track Goodnight Oslo could well end up on the list of class A drugs the next time the government gets round to discussing such matters.
  4. The set is well-crafted yet loose, a testament to the chemistry Hitchcock has undoubtedly found with his new band. [Spring 2009, p.72]
  5. His dark, absurdist wit is intact.
  6. 70
    Hitchcock's second album with the Venus 3, who include R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, is less dazzling than 2006's "Ole! Tarantula," yet still pretty compelling.
  7. The 10-song album ricochets between great – the grammatically playful What You Is, the countryish Hurry For The Sky – and just okay.

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  1. drunkenstepdadrez
    Mar 1, 2009
    10
    See the show - then you tell me.
  2. JimS
    Mar 1, 2009
    8
    This is a CD of wonderful moments, enough to keep it in heavy rotation for awhile, but it does not hang together as well as Hitchcock's This is a CD of wonderful moments, enough to keep it in heavy rotation for awhile, but it does not hang together as well as Hitchcock's best. The lyrics are sometimes inscrutable, but they retain the Hitchcock charm, and why would one expect otherwise? What catches my ear most are delicious passages in which Peter Buck's guitar and Hitchcock's meld into a wonderful sort of lovely. "I'm Falling" is pure jangle without a hint of precious; "16 Years" is co-credited to Buck, and it sounds like the best of mid-career R.E.M., and the title track harks to the best of Hitchcock's psychodelia. This CD does not scale the heights of "I Often Dream of Trains," "Eye," or "Moss Elixir," but it stands as a welcome addition to the HItchcock catalog. Expand