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. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. The vitality that fuels Goodnight Oslo makes it feel like Hitchcock is saying hello for the first time.
  2. 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.
  3. Goodnight Oslo is good enough and engaged enough that you can hardly believe Robyn Hitchcock has been making records like this since 1979.
  4. Goodnight Oslo is more like the seemingly “normal” yet slightly “off” one-night-stand, the one you don’t think about much the next week but wonder about 10 years later. Don’t expect it to enthrall on contact, but it might settle gently into the subconscious.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2