Shriek

April 29, 2014 | Format: MP3

$5.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 29, 2014
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Copyright: 2014 Merge Records
  • Total Length: 41:30
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00JRGFC9C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,554 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

This is one of the best albums I have ever heard.
Dravo Hastings
I have been checking out all their albums but I keep coming back to this one.
Ruby Sinreich
They've re-invented themselves by re-invigorating their sound.
SterlingPhil

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Justin Pruitt on April 29, 2014
Format: Audio CD
It's already been three years since Civilian made it's slow but steadily growing buzz around the internet-sphere. Having the fabulous title track of their previous album featured on the hit TV series the walking dead also did a lot towards garnering their well-deserved popularity.

The songs "Holy Holy" and "Civilian" are some of the most intense, well-crafted and thought-provoking songs of late years and are constantly on mixtapes I make for friends.

On Shriek, their brand new album, Wye Oak decided to take a different approach, going heavy on synths, beats and basslines and finding room for added quirks that confer more personality and playfulness to their usually stark and organic approach. This is in fact a welcome direction as the band as they try to become creative and find the next step in their career.

Though the highlights on Civilian are more instantly appealing, Shriek also has it's moments of genius. The title track here is also the best track on the album, with Jenn's vocals skills being tested to their limit, and the result is beautiful. Other noteworthy tracks are the fast-paced "Paradise", and the moodier "Glory".

Overall this is a very strong effort and will not disappoint any fans. I will keep listening and maybe update this review in the future with further impressions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Quaker on May 29, 2014
Format: Audio CD
4th album from Baltimore duo who have softened things up by leaving the rock guitars in the closet. “Shriek” is made up of soothing & sophisticated indie keyboard rock with complex and compelling melody lines that float through fields of emotion with a buoyantly penetrating beauty. There is a surface lightness to the album that belies the depth of sincerity and underlying mystery. The songs have a dreamy, almost soulful, epic pop flow with an attractively eerie hint of danceable darkness. Members have played in Dungeonesse, Flock of Dimes. Some similarities to Blonde Redhead, Fear Of Men, Everything But the Girl, the Shins, Cocteau Twins. The combination of bouncy electronic rhythms and Wasner’s angelic voice creates an overall calming atmosphere for a smooth, tranquil auditory experience, but it lacks the punch of their earlier releases.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Cook on July 12, 2014
Format: Audio CD
So many reviews already - some old fans, some new...irrespective of Wye Oaks prior works, this album bears comment, as I so very rarely give a full 5 stars on this site.

Not since Japan's "Tin Drum", Depeche Mode's "A Broken Frame" and later "Violator", have any bands stepped up to redefine what can be done with electronic instrumentation for song format, as opposed to banal electronic "pop" saturating the CD market.

Let's be clear - besides maintaining a unique sound unlike most electro -R&B or hip-hop/trip-hop acts with vocals tossed on top of mindless banal drum patterns, this like those other works is clearly jazz, torche tinged and indie-pop with piano that dances contra-position and underpinning amazingly diverse vocal melodies and words that actually have some depth. They just happen to be electronically generated instruments. Instead of actual snare drum brushes on "Schools of Eyes" it's programmed, as are the keys/strings/etc.

The drum patterns don't bludgeon and overwhelm - they propel and give intensity to the vocals...something lacking frequently in indie-folk style music that is cousin to Wye Oak's albums. Nice - depth and accessibility and upbeat all together....just another smart guitar driven album done on a keyboard...not so far from "Civilian" after all.

Unless you hate anything electronic, you have to be trying not to like most of this album....

Only one hyper nit-picky comment....the mix/mastering is more muddy that it should be....hence "Shriek"...but it didn't need to be. The layering is what makes it work and sometimes it gets a little buried. It's a new medium...we'll see what they do next. Probably puts some of their "gentler fans" off.
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This band has two members. Yes, two. I never heard Wye Oak until they popped up on my Pandora station. Jenn Wasner has a voice to be heard. On a couple of her songs I heard shades of Annie Lenox. I purchased Shriek the day I heard them; and fell in love with this band. This past week I was able to see them in concert, and they sound as good live as they do recorded. Poke around Youtube and listen to their early releases on up to Shriek. You wont be disappointed.
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By burnsey on July 8, 2014
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
Easy to like this one. Great production values.
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By Paul Tincknell on June 26, 2014
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Wye Oak's "Civilian" was the best release in 2011 due to the combination of great writing, Jenn Wasner's vocals that went from angelic to wailing, and dynamics that ranged from elegant to shredding. "Shriek" is much more of the elegant and the angelic with the same great writing and even more hook-laden compositions. As noted in other reviews, Wasner traded in the guitar for the bass, and her partner Andy Stack has assumed most of the rest of the band functions (drums, keyboards, melody). This works beautifully because it sounds so much more soulful; "Civilian" had a cool detachment threading through it where "Shriek" is much warmer. Both albums showcase one of the very best bands today, and a band willing to grow and take chances with their sound and compositions yet have an immediately identifiable sound to themselves. Very highly recommended for fans, and to others that have enjoyed Bat For Lashes, Florence + the Machine, Kate Bush, even London Grammar somewhat.
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