Not that this album isn’t good - it certainly is based on my first listens - but something about it feels like it isn’t quite as good as Smiling With No Teeth. Maybe he set the bar too high? Maybe I’m yet to crack what makes this one so special? Only time will tell.
I’ve really been looking forward to Genesis Owusu’s new album after getting hooked on Get Inspired and really a whole lot of Smiling With No Teeth. Leaving the Light video I’ve watched a bunch, too. But this album didn’t grab me when I put it on for the first time this morning. I’ll have to give it another try.
Osees new album I’ve already listened to twice today. Really loving that one from (just about) front-to-back. Those last two tracks aren’t ones I’m going to return to much, but I’m into the rest of it. I’m still very new to this band, and this album makes me want to keep exploring their discography. I have to see them live, too.
Get out and see Oh Sees live on this next tour. That’s the quintessential John Dwyer experience for me. And they still play relatively small venues (800 people here in the Midwest) so you can get up close. The studio albums are great but feel so muted compared to the raw live experience.
Should be seeing them live here in September. I forgot to buy tickets but I’ll br able to scrounge something up lol.
I wouldnt say I’m an Oh Sees expert but i definetely started here with them
KEXP always comes through in a big way. Any of their live stuff there is great.
Still havent had a chance to give the new Oh Sees album a listen with my good cans but liked the snippets so far.
Great performance! Just watched the whole thing. I hadn’t seen that one before. Yeah, I really do need to see them soon. They’re playing in Philly coming up. That’s a two-hour drive but seems it’d be worth the gas.
@AlteredBeef I’m really enjoying STRUGGLER so far, but I think I get what you guys mean about it lacking a certain energy from the debut.
Get Inspired may be my favourite song of his, and I was a little confused to find out it isn’t on this album, but I think it has made way for a more cohesive and well executed concept. That’s where all the cockroach imagery comes in, and the course of life being defined by struggle is something I’m feeling on the deepest level recently. So even without the punchier New Wave Hip-Hop energy this is hitting just right.
Maybe a little bit of sophomore syndrome I suppose, but I still find it very inspiring that he has pushed through that to deliver a rock solid follow-up so soon after his first, the theme of it is very telling of that haha.