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"nervy, charged music, buzzing like a brain in heat" — Pitchfork

"atmospheric and vivid" — SPIN

"Wherever Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack follow their muse, it’s going to be good." — Stereogum
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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000V7KECG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RockerDad on February 16, 2009
Format: Audio CD
If Children is a peculiar album. I had not heard the music of Wye Oak before this, and after listening to the album several times, I still have a difficult time wrapping my head around these songs. The first striking thing about Wye Oak are the vocals of Jenn Wasner-she could be the long lost Deal triplet sister. Her voice bears an uncanny resemblance to those of Kim and Kelly Deal of the Breeders. Please Concrete, the album opener, even sounds like it could be an outtake from Mountain Battles or Pod, bursting into a noisy guitar-squall of a solo out of the blue a couple minutes in. Warning, the second song, is easily the album highlight. Filled with feedback and propulsive rhythms, it recalls Yo La Tengo at their shoegazier moments. Archaic Smile is haunting and eerie. Family glue, like many songs on the album, maintains a sense of melancholy throughout. The song starts of like a breezy autumnal tune, then when the violin comes in, it veers off into an unsettling place. Orchard Fair is a nice, gently rocking tune that sound quite like Viva Voce or Earlimart. On Keeping Company, the falsetto vocals and piano accompaniment create at an atmosphere of a fever dream. Not quite psychedelic, not truly surreal, but unsettling-there is a sense of foreboding, it's familiar yet unknown. From here, the last few songs on the album start to drag the whole album down a bit from here, each is extremely somber. It's almost like the band has pasted two very different ep's together to create an album. All in all, a strange album-not easy to dismiss, yet difficult to understand. I think it's an album that certainly could appeal to a small audience that will cherish it as something unique and special. Certainly fans of Viva Voce, Yo La Tengo, the Breeders, Earlimart should check it out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By trampslikeus on October 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Great debut album from up and coming Baltimore duo. Excellent songwriting and arrangements with beautful boy/girl vocal harmonies. The songs cover a broad range of indie subgenres including: alt.country, pop, shoegaze, neo-folk, slowcore. Recommended if you like Yo La Tengo, Ida, Thrushes, New Pornographers, Beach House
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Monica Stengel on April 19, 2012
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Great album. I listen to this in the car and it puts me in a great mood for the rest of my day. Great rhythm and their voices are amazing
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