Goodnight Oslo

  • Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Feb 17, 2009
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9

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  1. 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 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 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
  2. drunkenstepdadrez
    Mar 1, 2009
    10
    See the show - then you tell me.
Metascore
77

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 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.
  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. 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.