Rating:
8.0
Oxbow - The Narcotic Story
July 2007


01. Mr. Johnson
02. Geometry Of Business
03. Time, Gentlemen, Time
04. Down A Stair Backward
05. She's A Find
06. Frankly Frank
07. A Winner Every Time
08. Frank's Frolic
09. It's The Giving, Not The Taking


Oxbow's The Narcotic Story is, ehm... something else. Something new, something you cannot possibly compare with anything else. That sounds promising right? Well, think again, because you'll probably hate it. And love it. Mmmmmmmmmmyeah.

I'll have to throw in a lame excuse at this point, especially for someone who pretends to be a reviewer, but you cannot know what this sounds like until you've actually heard it. I can try to describe it, and I will in a couple of seconds, but I'll never be able to get the full deal of Oxbow across. But let me try anyway.

Oxbow is Avant-garde, Stoner, Blues, Jazz, Noise-Rock and various other things thrown into the metaphorical blender, set to blend 'chunky'. On The Narcotic Story you'll find all sorts of riffs and beats, from all the aforementioned genres. Each riff builds to its own mini-climax, but never really gets there, resulting in an album that constantly grabs your attention, creating a desire it never fulfils. Tough luck, sucker.

And then there's the 'vocalist' - don't you even dare think that there's any singing on here - who does everything you do not want him to do. He hums, he yells, he screams, he's capable of sixteen billion different types of yelling, he whispers, he's basically a massive monument of sexual frustration and violent anger. Told ya this'd be a sucky review.

By now you may be wondering why the hell I'm reviewing this. Well, for one because I love sick and awkward music. And because this is good. O rly? Ya rly! [Excuse the nerdspeek.]

The Narcotic Story is good. It is good because every moment an instrument is playing, it simply demands your attention. It is good because mr. Robinson (the vocalist) is every negative emotion you knew personified - and sonified. And it's good, because, well, I don't know... it's just great to come across an album so intriguing, in this day and age ("yea yea gramps, stuff it already").

So whenever you're done listening to Dark Funeral, check this one for some real chaos.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 9
Production: 8


 



Written on 11.09.2010 by
Lucas
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!J.O.O.E.! - 11.09.2010 at 20:40  
I can't think of anyone else on this site aside from me and you who could possibly enjoy this kind of thing Nice review dudenstein.
Mr. Doctor - 11.09.2010 at 21:11  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.09.2010 at 20:40

I can't think of anyone else on this site aside from me and you who could possibly enjoy this kind of thing Nice review dudenstein.


I usually enjoy most of the stuff from Lucas' positive reviews, specially when it comes to bands being very... special. This not being an exception at all since when I listened to this band I went all "holy fucking shit... Is this good?......*3 minutes later*... FUCK YEAH!"

Thanks for the review Lucas, I'm gonna try to get some of their stuff
Lucas - 12.09.2010 at 11:38  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 11.09.2010 at 21:11

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.09.2010 at 20:40

I can't think of anyone else on this site aside from me and you who could possibly enjoy this kind of thing Nice review dudenstein.


I usually enjoy most of the stuff from Lucas' positive reviews, specially when it comes to bands being very... special. This not being an exception at all since when I listened to this band I went all "holy fucking shit... Is this good?......*3 minutes later*... FUCK YEAH!"

Thanks for the review Lucas, I'm gonna try to get some of their stuff


Glad you like it.

Make sure you also check out An Evil Heat. And although I haven't heard their first two albums, they're regarded by some as their best (but in a different style).
Susan - 13.09.2010 at 04:28  
Hahaha I love this line "And then there's the 'vocalist' - don't you even dare think that there's any singing on here"

Nice review

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