- Record Label: Jagjaguwar
- Release Date: Mar 17, 2023
- Summary: The fifth full-length release from New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra features contributions from his father Chris Nielson and was created in Palm Springs, California, and Hilo, Hawaii.
- Record Label: Jagjaguwar
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock
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Positive: 10 out of 11
Mixed: 1 out of 11
Negative: 0 out of 11
UncutMar 16, 2023The clarity and effervescence of much of V can seem revelatory. [Apr 2023, p.34]
Mar 17, 2023Despite the otherworldly talent displayed on the album, there is an element of humanity hidden in there. By simply relaying their life story through whooshing production and swooning melodies, UMO created their most personal yet most relatable album to date.
Mar 21, 2023V is a fun, water-glistening record that waves hi to the palm trees and lies down to take a sun-nap with the sleepy sand dunes. Neilson’s reclamation of his identity in the context of space, sound and story is executed beautifully and is heard with authenticity and keenness.
Mar 21, 2023If V betrays decadence, it doesn’t manifest itself as sprawl or poor editing – much less a notional narrative. Its languidness is actually its charm, a direct contrast to almost anything in UMO’s fidgety catalog save “Jello And Juggernauts” from the 2011 debut.
Mar 17, 2023Neilson and co. still know how to get wild — their usually-yearly “SB” EPs are filled with experiments and unchecked ambition — but for all the years of waiting, V is simply a good new album from the group. At times very good, but not with the consistency they had become increasingly known for.
Mar 16, 2023It's just as easy of an album to drift off in thought to as it is to obsess over its patchwork of details and strange coloration, reaching a deeper, more thoughtful expression of the kind of bizarre beauty the band excels at.
MojoMar 16, 2023There are featureless patches, bits of white-box real-estate that need a little more character, but there's always something intriguing around V's corners. [Apr 2023, p.89]
Positive: 3 out of 3
Mixed: 0 out of 3
Negative: 0 out of 3
Mar 17, 2023Incredible sonic journey! So groovy, melodic, psychefunk! This album is a masterpiece. Nadja, That Life and I Killed Captain Cook areIncredible sonic journey! So groovy, melodic, psychefunk! This album is a masterpiece. Nadja, That Life and I Killed Captain Cook are legendary! Seeing UMO in April, preparing to have my brain melted!… Expand
Mar 23, 2023A great album, but nothing really special. I wish they would've cut some filler tracks off of the album like Shin Ramyun or guilty pleasure.A great album, but nothing really special. I wish they would've cut some filler tracks off of the album like Shin Ramyun or guilty pleasure. You do have some stand out tracks though, like That Life. In my opinion one of the better songs on this album, but I think it overuses the electric guitar. For example on the chorus, I don't think it's needed and could've been left off this record. The Widow, although one of the tracks without lyrics, but the groove bassline and drums make it great and it doesn't drag on for too long. Some tracks that could've been cut short are "The garden", "Drag" and "I killed captain cook". The track Keaukaha is also kind of a bunch of nothingness like the track "Nightvision" from the Daft Punk's 2001 album "Discovery". A lot of the songs are kind of the same which is the reason why some of them are forgetable, though not necessarily bad, like the track "Meshuggah".
The album also reaches it peak/climax around the middle which is great. From "The Widow" until "Nadja" is some great sequencing as well. All the songs in between those, excluding "Shin Ramyun" are just great songs to vibe to. Nothing all too special but just good Pop Rock. I just wish they could've cut some tracks off of the album, if they did it would've been an 8/10, since it's nothing too spectaculair but also not bad. Hope they'll do this on their next album. Great stuff!
Fav Tracks: That Life, The WIdow, Weekend Run and The Beach
Least fav track: Shin Ramyun… Expand
Mar 17, 2023This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Nothing new or even remotely different here. Ruban uses the same formula as the previous albums. What frustrates me is that his music is so good but his recordings continue to be so bad. Apparently he thinks lofi is the future. For people like me who were schooled on R. Stevie Moore, the godfather of lofi, I prefer the hifi sound now.… Expand
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