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Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

  • Summary: The latest full-length release from North Carolina's Wednesday was produced by Alex Farrar and was recorded in a week.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 13, 2023
    Without polish or overproduction, Wednesday sound is a powerful exclamation of a narrative, full of noise, beauty, and deeply relatable feelings and stories. It may not feel perfect, but it’s real.
  2. Apr 5, 2023
    Remarkably, the world they create together never curdles into sentimentality. ... Wednesday turn that stabbing pain into triumphant rock'n'roll. [May 2023, p.39]
  3. Apr 27, 2023
    Pain remains a fertile ground for compelling art, but the brilliance of Rat Saw God lies in how the band also captures the resistant luminance within that pain. The characters in these songs suffer, but Hartzman draws them from places of empathy and honesty.
  4. Apr 7, 2023
    Lyrical precision is what makes the record shine, the fact that Hartzman can recall the exact video game, in this case, Mortal Kombat, that someone was playing when her nose started bleeding at a New Year’s Eve party she didn’t even want to be at.
  5. Apr 25, 2023
    Not everything works on Raw Saw God. The rootsy, Southern-fried Chosen to Believe sounds more Hootie than Doobie, though its meditation on love and acceptance saves its pop-leaning misdirection. It's a testament to Hartzman's nuanced lyrical bent, whose articulate observations are intriguing and even funny rather than affected.
  6. Apr 7, 2023
    There’s a Flannery O’Connor story collection worth of Southern fucked-up-ness going on here. But Wednesday are just as interested in sucking you in with a walloping guitar banger as they are in freaking you out with their snapshots from the ruralburban coming-of-age abyss. These songs are so catchy you almost don’t notice the body count.
  7. Apr 5, 2023
    While some of the stylistic variation here can feel disjointed at times, there’s plenty on offer to suggest a band on the rise, capable of rising even higher.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 8, 2023
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. a charming attempt at showing a gross side, Wednesday presents us with a very ambitious project, full of metaphors in the lyrics and visions in the sound. Expand
  2. May 25, 2023
    What a mess. For my first time hearing Wednesday, I only find myself trying to let myself go with the flow, which is a nice exercise ofWhat a mess. For my first time hearing Wednesday, I only find myself trying to let myself go with the flow, which is a nice exercise of momentary explosiveness that simply stains the walls out of control. By the time you grasp a sense of what is going on, it's still hard to take control over what it can be enjoyed on the album, and by the time you have your mind sent, the album ends with a feeling that you have heard so little of them. This might not be for me. Expand