Rated O - Oneida
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The fact that this mad man’s breakfast is actually nothing short of jaw-dropping should be the cause of spontaneous mass copulation in the streets.
  2. Why Oneida need a concept to rock out for two hours is still a bit of a mystery, but it never tires... if only all shameless self-indulgence sounded this good.
  3. The triple LP effect doesn’t ruin the album, but it would have been stronger had they edited the whole thing down to the best songs that could fit on one disc.
  4. It’s not that Rated O isn’t a good album. At least half of it is one of the best albums of the year. It’s that Rated O is just good enough and in a straightforward enough way to make you miss the Oneida that was about joyous, staggering confusion.
  5. Oneida are the only band running that I could tell a listener with a straight face, yes, it's worth three discs, and it's worth your time.
  6. 90
    Rated O is relentless enough and mean enough and playful enough to rope us in for 3 albums worth of music.
  7. Oneida's show-your-working approach undoubtedly justi?es judicious use of the skip button, but the best bits of Rated O are well worth digging for.
  8. Spread out over three discs for maximum inefficiency, Oneida's Rated O seems to thrive on its own difficulty, both in sprawling presentation and a strident, noisy sense of sonic resistance.
  9. The album’s creeping ambience and modest pace make it great background music at work, but its many sub-themes and intricacies also make it a rewarding sit-down listen if you can spare an hour and 40 minutes.
  10. 60
    Of course, it’s much too much, but the fact that it works at all is a testament to their commitment to well-honed rock hypnosis. Good luck finding the front door when it’s done.
  11. While the latter two discs have their moments, they’re all too predictable when held up against the first disc’s ambitious blend of noise and dance.
  12. The cuts are manic psychedelic jams--there’s even a sitar--riding electronic drones and throbbing, insistent riffs. Timbres of instruments are barbed with fuzz tone and static; the voices that infrequently appear might be shouting unintelligibly or nearly buried in the mix.
  13. Over the course of three fuzzed-out discs, there’s one solid Oneida album to be found in here. You just have to wade through some indulgent, excessive, and flat-out boring instrumental passages to get to it.
  14. You've got another crowning acheivement from a band who sees its ideas all the way through, no matter how wyward or ambitious they may be. [Summer 2009, p.62]
  15. 80
    Oneida may well be evil geniuses in the midst of creating a classic, multi-album masterpiece. [Aug 2009, p.103]
  16. 60
    Rated O delivers more often than falters. [Aug 2009, p.98]
  17. Though the quality rarely dips, at almost 2 hours long it does get rather wearing. [Aug 2009, p.110]

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