The Knot

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  • Summary: This is the second album for the Baltimore duo formally known as Monarch.
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  1. Wye Oak isn’t breaking any new ground in the exciting field of drone-exploration, but the band’s tone is striking--like a tuning fork with the blues.
  2. The Knot turns the cliche about sophomore slumps on its head by being much stronger than If Children.
  3. Lost in most of the noise and clutter was Jenn Wasner’s fantastic voice and Andy Stack’s ability as a “wall of sound” creator. On their new album, The Knot, these skills are not only refined but they showcase a wider, more advanced decadence and a band that sounds that much better, because of it.
  4. The Knot may not be a full-out Great Album, but it does contain a lot of moments that are dangerously close, and taken as a whole it is surprisingly well-developed for a band still getting started.
  5. Under The Radar
    The Knot displays a band more confident of itself and its powers. [Summer 2009, p.63]
  6. Filter
    THe Knot is an iron-willed, albeit reserved, expansion of the duo's sound. [Summer 2009, p.106]
  7. Songs rarely pick up from a crawl. Sustained guitar chords fan out and crush whatever momentum the band gets going. The bursts of distortion that colored If Children are almost pornographically expanded.

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  1. CarlS
    Oct 17, 2009
    Superb sounding album from start to finish. lush and dense layers, terrific songs all the way through.