The Wedding - Oneida

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Wedding might not be Oneida's most way-out album, but it's as satisfyingly restless as anything in their catalog.
  2. More proof that cohesiveness is overrated, and that Oneida's mellow will not be harshed.
  3. 60
    Finally, an album that bridges the gaping chasm between hipsters and Rennaisance Faires. [Jun 2005, p.112]
  4. The band have always been the holding of hands between kinda-Kyuss stoner rock and spazzy synth pop, but The Wedding is unique in that it is something conclusively Oneida but also conclusively marked of indie’s recent resurgence on the mainstream pop-cultural landscape.
  5. It is easily the band’s most accomplished, interesting record, a record that will simultaneously alienate stodgy diehard “fans” and attract a new group of listeners to the band.
  6. Whereas previous Oneida albums could be criticised for being inconsistent and almost too art-rock for their own good, this sounds both absolutely complete and wonderfully concise.
  7. Oneida have never sounded more ambitious, yet they’ve kept their proggy impulses on a short leash; the flourishes serve the music, not vice versa.
  8. 80
    Oneida have blossomed into a welcoming landscape all their own. [#21, p.102]
  9. The Wedding is a worthwhile gamble and a record like no other in the Oneida catalogue. Which, come to think of it, makes it a lot like every other Oneida record.
  10. The Wedding is certainly a new direction in some ways, but it’s still the same brainiac rock that Oneida has been dishing out for the past eight years.
  11. 90
    Oneida's most cohesive and beautiful record to date. [#68, p.105]
  12. 70
    In every sense, committed rock'n'roll. [Jul 2005, p.105]
  13. Psychedelic craziness. [30 Apr 2005, p.64]
  14. Even though half of the pieces on the album were written around the plinky melodies of a giant music-box the band built themselves, the result simply showcases a band systematically stretching out their fundamental ingredients, applying a well-defined aesthetic to a different musical environment and hitting paydirt.
  15. The Wedding is certainly one of the best records this band has released and, more important, one of the better rock records released this year.
  16. 100
    Totally brilliant, mind-meltingly good, and as different from Secret Wars as possible, except that both of these albums could change your life.
  17. The Wedding has some slow tracks, but they’re greatly outnumbered by winners that leap over a baffling range of musical styles.
  18. "The Wedding" has some misfires, but vulnerability makes a promising new territory for Oneida. [23 May 2005]
  19. 80
    Bridges high- and low-brow without ever being anything less than exhilarating. [Jul 2005, p.99]

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