Shriek - Wye Oak
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  • Band members: Jenn Wasner, Andy Stack
  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Baltimore duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack was co-produced with Nicolas Vernhes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Apr 29, 2014
    91
    Departures rarely sound this confident--it helps that Shriek builds off of the major songwriting strides made by Civilian.
  2. 85
    Shriek is perhaps not what we expected from a Wye Oak record, but it’s blinding nonetheless, and, while destroying any preconceived notions of the band, lodges itself near the top--if not at the top--of their canon.
  3. Apr 28, 2014
    80
    When everything clicks, as in the ghostly bounce of “Schools of Eyes,” the band’s new direction seems inevitable.
  4. Apr 28, 2014
    72
    Her voice also takes up more space on this record, going deeper and flitting over Stack’s melodies with such abandon it’s as if she might float away.
  5. Apr 28, 2014
    70
    Throughout the album, she shifts from restrained cool to soaring sentimentalism in mere seconds; this dynamic is something that Civilian possessed, but Shriek masters.
  6. Apr 29, 2014
    63
    Ultimately, Shriek is an admirable reinvention.
  7. Apr 24, 2014
    40
    A step backwards. [May 2014, p.121

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  1. May 8, 2014
    8
    It isn't as good as Civilian, but how many albums are? I'm not at all disappointed with this. Wasner and Stack are fantastic at creating mood music for her unique vocals, and they did it again very well here. This album only helps cement Wye Oak as one of my favorite bands. Expand