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Goodnight Oslo

Robyn Hitchcock, Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 17, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B001LOR3EU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tom Waits and Elvis Costello get all the props, but fellow veteran eccentric Robyn Hitchcock's recent work is easily as consistent as theirs. This time out, the British singer-songwriter tapped three R.E.M.-related players guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Scott McCaughey and drummer Bill Rieflin to be his band. Hitchcock brings Hollies-ish harmonies, horns and tastefully distorted guitars to 'Saturday Groovers' and a Western twang to 'Hurry for the Sky.' His dark, absurdist wit is intact: 'Pharaoh's tomb is empty now,' he sings, 'you can come right in, bandage up your grin, bandage up your sin.'

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Reinvention reigns supreme in the elastic world of Robyn Hitchcock. His latest incarnation with the Venus 3 (Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey & Bill Rieflin) spawned the critically acclaimed Olé Tarantula in 2006. Three years later this confection of rock stars and underground legends is back in 2009 with the postmodern pop masterpiece Goodnight Oslo. Stabbing horns from compatriot Terry Edwards swim alongside gorgeous harmonies throughout this 10-track snapshot of Hitchcock's version of pop music in a perfect world. Goodnight Oslo features guest vocalists Colin Meloy, Sean Nelson and Morris Windsor who help Robyn sing his way through a dreamy remembrance of 16 years of intoxication. An album of nearly unwavering positivity, Goodnight Oslo shines down with the beautiful 'I'm Falling' and the beatific 'Up to Our Nex,' the latter written for the soundtrack to the stirring Jonathan Demme film Rachel Getting Married. A new era in an already fabled career, Robyn's latest work strengthens the pull of his lunar-like gravity and adds yet another chapter to the myth of one of rock music's most influential undercurrents.

'Tom Waits and Elvis Costello get all the props, but fellow veteran eccentric Robyn Hitchcock's recent work is easily as consistent as theirs.' - ROLLING STONE

'Hitchcock has a vibrant, accommodating and well-explored musical aesthetic.' - PITCHFORK


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best Record in Over A Decade!! March 9, 2009
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I can't remember the last time that a record actually made me drop everything I was doing to stop and concentrate on it. This evening I loaded "Goodnight, Oslo" into the cd player and then sat down to work on my art. But by the third song, I had to stop and move to the couch and just listen. That's the kind of album this is.

"Goodnight, Oslo" rings out bright and confident from the start. There's a drive to this record, an energy, an honesty, that's been lacking on some of his more recent efforts. The 1st track, "What You Is," will remind Dylan afficionados of Mr.Zimmerman's "Shot of Love" phase, resplendent with gospely background vocals. "You might have been a villain with a capital V," Robyn scolds, in his best Dylanesque finger-wag. "Your Head Here," has a similar blues/country drive you might find on Dylan's "Modern Times." But the chorus is pure Robyn, accompanied beautifully as ever by Venus 3'r and R.E.M. guitarist, Peter Buck. Robyn's love of the Kinks is in evidence with the charming "Saturday Groovers," which opens with a chorus of harmonies the Beach Boys would've been proud of.

It's funny, because Robyn started his music career in the late 1970s proffering some of the most wicked observations of human nature. Reference songs of his such as "Sandra's Having Her Brain Out," "Old Pervert," or "I Wanna Destroy You!" His acerbic wit, his edge, his anger, was unmistakable astride his catchy pop melodies. But the story of how Robyn Hitchcock then transformed from one of the angry songwriter's of rock into someone who has written some of the most heartbraking and jaw-droppingly gorgeous love songs is one that is sure to keep future generations of grad students busy with their theses.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Record by Hitchcock and The Venus 3 February 17, 2009
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Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3's latest adventures into the land of Beatles influenced psychedelia starts off with "What you is" where Peter Buck lays down a steady, solid rhythm on one side, which Hitchcock then builds up and augments with a nice ripping, meandering lead guitar. To finish off the jammy feel that opens the album, female backup vocal singers round things off nicely with ooooh's and aaaah's.

By the time "(is) your head here" kicks in, they've got the listener firmly hooked into the dreamy mood of this great record. The backup vocals bounce back and forth from left to right answering: "or here?, or here? or here?", especially noticeable while listening with earbuds.

Third in line is "Saturday groovers", which could easily have been a song on Sgt. Peppers, with its cheerful "pa-pa-pa-pa-pa's" and horn section.

"I'm falling (take it away)" is next. It's another gorgeous song on which Hitchcock and the band seamlessly blend spectacular Lennonesque harmonies with a string section and jamming twin lead guitars.

Next up is "Hurry for the sky", arguably the most Dylan influenced song on the record, and another great song.

"16 years" has a superb balance of harmonica, Byrds influenced guitar courtesy of Buck, along with more great vocal harmonies. The melody has a mysterious sound about it. Notwithstanding the drug influenced sound on much of Hithchock's music over the years, he's always criticized drug use, yet here, he confesses to 16 years of drug use himself.

A couple of more Beatles influenced songs, any one of which should be a radio hit, but knowing Hitchcock's history of great pop songs which inexplicably didn't become hits, probably won't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm in a hurry for the sky.." May 28, 2012
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After R.E.M. disbanded in September 2011 I have ventured into territory of other associated bands like Robyn Hitchcock + The Venus 3.

The Venus 3 has been described by critics as "3 quarters of The Minus 5 and half of R.E.M", but whatever the arithmetics, the truth is that there is R.E.M. personnel behind this record: Bill Rieflin, Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck, three of the finest musicians hailing from Seattle these days.

Goodnight Oslo was my introduction to the music of Robyn Hitchcock: his lyrical style, the surreal imagery and characters he paints are present in this set of 10 catchy tunes produced in the year 2009.

In my opinion the strongest songs in the album are those at the middle, from track #3 to #5.

The first time I played "Saturday Groovers" to a friend she was under the impression that it was a Beatles song. While it has an influence from sixties' music, I like it because it wastes no time in becoming a rocker. The lyrics describe the easygoing and unhurried manner of groovers "busy doing nothing when (they're) young" thus becoming a virtual anthem of grooving.

The next song, "I'm Falling", encapsulates much of the philosophy of Goodnight Oslo: it's a tapestry of very lush and gentle guitars resonating, chiming, while a catchy chorus kicks-in with backing vocals by McCaughey: "take it away, take it away..." The song worked as an un-official single of the album, and a music video was made of it.

I must admit that it took me some time to fully appreciate the beauty of "I'm Falling": its layers of guitars and harmonies had to unfold one by one.

My favourite on the album has always been "Hurry for the Sky".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Robyn's finest albums of the decade
There are few artists as prolific or consistent as Robyn Hitchcock. That can be a curse because it means that critics (and sometimes music fans)over look his work because it's just... Read more
Published on January 29, 2011 by Wayne Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Great record
Just fantastic. Get it and listen to each song and tune closely. Hitchcock is making the best music of his career, and its been a great career.
Published on October 15, 2009 by D. Capshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Did he ever get it together!
Even at its worst, Robyn Hitchcock's work has always been quirky and charming. But with "Goodnight Oslo," Robyn has produced something his fans have awaited for a long time: a... Read more
Published on October 6, 2009 by Degli Altri
3.0 out of 5 stars too big
The cardboard sleeve for this disc is way too big. It won't fit into any of my cd stands.

The music is good (4 stars), but I have to take away 1 star because it won't... Read more
Published on August 29, 2009 by e_j_buster
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging Music
Robyn Hitchcock has, occasionally, done the 'one for them, one for me' style of recording, wherein one album will seem geared towards expanding his base, and the next will focus on... Read more
Published on July 28, 2009 by Timothy P. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Robyn Hitchcock, after all these years!
If you're old enough to have been a Beatles fan throughout their years, you can defintely feel the very strong influence on this LP/CD. Read more
Published on April 24, 2009 by Raven
5.0 out of 5 stars every song
Every song a pleasure. Production reminiscent of Queen Elvis and Perspex Island. Very polished. Must have worked their butts off on this one. Read more
Published on March 31, 2009 by Neil A. Depuy
4.0 out of 5 stars the dude abides, abides
this is perhaps too "nice" a recording to stand alongside robyn's most brilliant work. it's staid, and safe, and not very fussy at all. Read more
Published on March 15, 2009 by hillary
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite The Masterpiece Ole! Tarantula Was
(I actually give the album 3 1/2 stars, for now at least)

Robyn is like the Energizer Bunny of music. This man has not slowed down in thirty years. Read more
Published on March 3, 2009 by Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars see the band, judge for yourself
ignore the 3 star jive turkeys. loser dirt balls. wannbe rock critics. pathetics. they're fos. see metacritic's pro summaries. go to the live shows. you've earned it. Read more
Published on March 3, 2009 by harry ligamortio
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