Oddfellows - Tomahawk
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jan 29, 2013
    91
    That's Oddfellow's overriding vibe, as well as its greatest asset: tighter songs and sturdier structures, with more room left for atmosphere, exploration, and subversion within them.
  2. Feb 11, 2013
    90
    Bassist Dunn and drummer Stanier lay down weird sprightly grooves, while guitarist Denison arranges their melodies into something hard and densely poppy with arch-but-upbeat harmonics pulled from Pet Sounds. [No. 95, p.61]
  3. 80
    While wonderfully idiosyncratic, Oddfellows finds them at their most accessible to date. [Apr 2013, p.95]
  4. Feb 26, 2013
    80
    Anyone who remembers Mike covering Italian pop songs from yesteryear ion his 2010 album Mondo Cane will know, strictly speaking, a few of his recent projects have sounded more interesting than they have incredible. Thankfully, Oddfellows is both. [2 Feb 2013, p.54]
  5. Feb 14, 2013
    80
    Led by Patton’s smarmy vocals and the band’s intricately heavy instrumentation, Oddfellows cuts a swath between infectious bangers (Stone Letter, South Paw) and quirky atmospherics.
  6. Feb 4, 2013
    80
    The only thing that keeps Oddfellows from being a thoroughly stellar album are the seemingly requisite filler tracks that simply do not last in your memory no matter how many times you listen to them.
  7. Feb 1, 2013
    80
    Oddfellows then is a fairly straightforward album, although it possesses enough personality and deftness of touch to bear repeated listens.
  8. Feb 1, 2013
    80
    Tomahawk has since its debut defined itself and Patton provides enough of an anchor to carry the band through lamentation (I.O.U.) and noir-ish narrative (A Thousand Eyes) in addition to its heavier output, which make up the album's best moments.
  9. Jan 28, 2013
    80
    This may be a flashback to the sound of a decade prior, but after getting so far away from their metal roots, most fans will agree that this balance of creepy ambience and pummeling riffs is a welcome return to form.
  10. Jan 25, 2013
    80
    Oddfellows is a multifaceted and consistently fascinating album. [Feb 2013, p.94]
  11. Jan 25, 2013
    80
    It strikes the prefect balance: accessible, yet with enough idiosyncrasy to make it more than just a formulaic retread of past glories.
  12. Jan 25, 2013
    80
    It's a surprising, thoroughly consistent return-to-form, and it makes Oddfellows the first contender for hard-rock album of the year.
  13. Jan 28, 2013
    70
    On the surface, it's big, dumb, and fun; just beneath, there's an improbably complicated band at work, showing its hand only on repeated listens.
  14. Jan 25, 2013
    70
    Less outre than much of Patton's work. [Feb 2013, p.80]
  15. Feb 4, 2013
    68
    Good as these guys are at mashing up genres on the fly, there's no denying the straighter, fist-pumpier stuff here works best.
  16. Jun 4, 2013
    60
    Best approach it as a mixed bag which will give up its secrets slowly, if at all, and doff the cap one more time to its creator’s skewed approach to this rock music thing.
  17. Feb 14, 2013
    60
    The stronger songs to these brittle ears are the ones that feel like experiments within an album.
  18. Jan 29, 2013
    60
    It's the sound of all the band's weapons unceremoniously blunted.
  19. 60
    Aside from initial single "Stone Letter" and its vitriolic chorus, most won't come away humming many of the hooks or melodies, the way one might after listening to a Faith No More album.
  20. Jan 25, 2013
    60
    It occasionally delivers the eccentric, giant-chorused rock that made Faith No More so great. [Feb 2013, p.107]

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