Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Superwolf contains some of [Oldham's] most startling work yet.
  2. Frayed, fuzzy and undeniably excellent.
  3. Superwolf is collaboration in the truest sense of the word, and the talents of the two musicians involved feel revitalized and meaningful in ways that they may not have for some time.
  4. Superwolf is the sound of two artists on the same creative page, both bringing unique abilities to the table and elevating the other's talents as a result.
  5. Soft and subtle, Superwolf is the kind of record that unwinds slowly, and is best enjoyed over multiple listens and, unsurprisingly, many glasses of wine.
  6. Superwolf is Bonnie-era Oldham trying to channel Palace-era Oldham.
  7. With Sweeney on hand, Oldham has kept some of his less appealing musical eccentricities in check -- this is one of his strongest and best-focused works in years.
  8. Will’s work has seldom had a stronger sonic setting.
  9. Q Magazine
    80
    Has the evocative tang of something ancient and the folk-rock idiom of the modern age. [Feb 2005, p.103]
  10. Uncut
    80
    In this lunar setting, Oldham's visionary, spooked words are lit up with renewed clarity. [Feb 2005, p.78]
  11. Sweeney brings an array of agile guitar playing and striking harmonies that create a more contained, musically astute Billyvironment.
  12. The Wire
    80
    The collaboration has had the effect of sharpening Oldham's focus and yielding one of the most gripping collections to bear one of his many pseudonyms. [#252, p.48]
  13. Under The Radar
    80
    Superwolf is simultaneously bleak and tender, the kind of album to reveal itself in layers over time. [#9]
  14. Paste Magazine
    80
    Superwolf is Americana at its most grim. [Apr/May 2005, p.134]
  15. Mojo
    70
    Superwolf's arrangements are pretty raw and understated--under-rehearsed, even--but for the better. [Feb 2005, p.102]
  16. It doesn’t feel right to be beating Will Oldham down for doing something that is so distinctly his own, even though he is doing it again and again to a greater or lesser extent.
  17. New Musical Express (NME)
    50
    Full of sombre, skeletal and obliquely confessional songs, it's a crafted collection with ruminations on sex and loss. [5 Feb 2005, p.50]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. jeffb
    May 20, 2005
    9
    Great song writing. best work sense ease down the road.
  2. gelrod
    Apr 5, 2005
    9
    Oldham's voice is not and never will be the most polished which is the point. It suits the classic rock guitar driven Superwolf nearly Oldham's voice is not and never will be the most polished which is the point. It suits the classic rock guitar driven Superwolf nearly as well as his old Palace recordings which really should be played on a scratchy old victrola. Full Review »
  3. [Anonymous]
    Apr 1, 2005
    8
    Strong singer-songwriter effort that isn't afraid to rock out (Neil Young-style) every once in a while. Well-written and well-played... Strong singer-songwriter effort that isn't afraid to rock out (Neil Young-style) every once in a while. Well-written and well-played... Props to these guys. Full Review »