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A set of songs that sway, stretch, and scream while always reaching outward for personal connection. As ever, Andy Stack's production layers his own multi-instrumental arrangements over Jenn Wasner's woozy compositions, but musically, too, things sound more precise. There's less squalling feedback than before, but lingering violin and pedal steel bring out the droning Americana that has always informed Wye Oak's sound.

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  • Audio CD (July 21, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B002AKALZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,309 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harsh Texture on December 21, 2009
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The Knot finds Wye Oak strengthening their songcraft and moving their interplay into more muscular territory. The little legend goes that the group's debut "If Children" was recorded before the band became a touring unit. The songs featured precious multi-tracked vocals and hinted at Phil Elvrum's safest Microphones work. By the release of "The Knot", Wye Oak found their identity as an exceptional live band and started writing songs with performance in mind. The resulting feels a little more country than folk, quite a bit more of the loud-soft dynamics, but the noise builds into white hot squalls not mainstream neo-grunge singalongs. Stack & co also found the best way to record Wasner's vocal tracks: lonesome in light reverb, the Chan Marshall treatment. A good reference point would be Deer Tick's more rough songs (a group they often tour with) except with knowing, somber vocals.

The tepid reception from the press struck me as odd. Its as though the national writers pegged Wye Oak as a sister band to (fellow Maryland/Baltimore act) Beach House, and couldn't appreciate a solid "indie-rock" platter from the group.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SterlingPhil on April 9, 2010
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I know I'm supposed to really like Beach House, but Wye Oak is a far better exemplar of the music of Baltimore. This is one I can listen to over and over and not get bored. A very unique and warm sound.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shawn A. Conner on September 14, 2009
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The Knot is definitely a grower. The songs are deceptively simple, or maybe deceptively complicated--v. melodic folk/pop overladen with Jenn's guitar textures. "Siamese" is one of the best tunes on here, but I also love the way the first three tracks flow into each other.
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By bk on December 14, 2014
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This album has been out for five years, and I still have it on heavy rotation. It's a sullen, relatively downbeat album, but every step of that is counteracted by other aspects, which keeps it from being like The Cure in their 40bpm days. Even on the downtempo songs, the rhythm section continues to move forward, and a lot of the songs are even danceable. The relationship songs are about uneasy relationships, but none are breakup songs.

In another world, Jenn is singing songs about how she loves you like a love song in her warm, sonorous voice, but here she is singing somewhat more Baltimore-at-night lyrics, sweetly crooning about how "they found a body in my back yard", or how "I keep my keys...between my fingers./ Don't hold back./ Hit him right between the eyes." Such a lovely voice.

Yeah, "Siamese" nails its mood perfectly.
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By Ryan Grattoni on February 21, 2011
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I saw this band open for The Decemberists a few weeks back. Even though the lead singer / guitarist Jenn Wasner had what seemed like a seriously sore back, her and Andy Stack (fellow bandmate) put on a pretty impressive show. Thats right - there are only two people in this band, but you would never realize that by just listening to the album.

When I saw them, I was impressed by their songs that would start off as slower burns only to produce some great guitar riffs that filled the whole venue. Andy Stack drums and plays the keyboard at the same time - it was not only effective, but awesome! This band has some serious talent and I am looking forward to picking up their next album.
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