Goodnight Oslo - Robyn Hitchcock

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Goodnight Oslo is good enough and engaged enough that you can hardly believe Robyn Hitchcock has been making records like this since 1979.
  2. 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.
  3. 60
    Goodnight Oslo could be a ghost story, a slice of stoner paranoia or a song about steam trains, but shows something sleek and ominous still looming in the fog of Hitchcock's imagination. [Mar 2009, p.107]
  4. 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.
  5. It’s unlikely to gain any new converts to the cause, but you get the impression Hitchcock stopped caring about that sort of thing long ago.
  6. The 10-song album ricochets between great – the grammatically playful What You Is, the countryish Hurry For The Sky – and just okay.
  7. Goodnight Oslo is no exception, a release whose five best songs compare favorably to any in his catalog and whose other five make your finger itchy for the “skip” button.
  8. One gets the feeling that with a little more ruthlessness about what makes the final cut, Goodnight Oslo could offer more hits than misses. As it is, it falls just a little short.
  9. Goodnight Oslo is Hitchcock’s most tightly arranged album of the decade.
  10. His dark, absurdist wit is intact.
  11. 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.
  12. The vitality that fuels Goodnight Oslo makes it feel like Hitchcock is saying hello for the first time.
  13. The set is well-crafted yet loose, a testament to the chemistry Hitchcock has undoubtedly found with his new band. [Spring 2009, p.72]

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