The Ooz

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The Ooz
The Ooz King Krule.jpg
Studio album by King Krule
Released 13 October 2017
Genre Jazz-rock, garage rock[1], trip hop, punk rock, dub[2]
Length 66:14
Label
Producer
King Krule chronology
A New Place 2 Drown
(2015)
The Ooz
(2017)
Singles from The Ooz
  1. "Czech One"
    Released: 23 August 2017
  2. "Dum Surfer"
    Released: 14 September 2017
  3. "Half Man Half Shark"
    Released: 4 October 2017

The Ooz (stylised as The OOZ) is the third studio album by English singer-songwriter Archy Marshall, and his second album under the stage name King Krule. The album does not clearly fit into a particular musical genre, as it incorporates elements of trip hop, R&B, punk rock, and jazz.[3] It was released on 13 October 2017 via True Panther Sounds and XL.[4][5]

Background[edit]

"Czech One" was released in August 2017 as the first King Krule song in several years.[6][7][8] Archy Marshall announced the full album in September 2017, and it was leaked by New York Times' fall preview guide.[9][10] The album is Marshall's first studio album as King Krule since 2013 when he released 6 Feet Beneath the Moon.[11]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic80/100[12]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[13]
The A.V. ClubB−[14]
Consequence of SoundB+[15]
The Guardian3/5 stars[16]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[17]
NME4/5 stars[18]
Pitchfork9.0/10[3]
Q4/5 stars[19]
The Times4/5 stars[20]
Uncut8/10[21]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, The Ooz received an average score of 80, based on 20 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[12] In a review for AllMusic, Andy Kellman compared the album to its predecessor stating that "the songwriting is more refined and the sounds are more disparate, resulting in a sort of controlled chaos, a scuzzy mix of nervy neo-rockabilly projectiles, howling dirges, and noodling dive-lounge tunes."[13] Pitchfork gave The Ooz their "Best New Music" designation, with Jayson Greene complimenting the diversity of musical styles used on the album, as well as the distinctive sounds and textures. He wrote that the album "is the richest and most immersive album the London singer-songwriter has made yet" and that it is "a masterpiece of jaundiced vision from one of the most compelling artists alive."[3] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian was more ambivalent, acknowledging the diverse musical styles while also considering the album to be "frustrating" and "a difficult listen." Though he recommends the album, Petridis considers the album's length to be a detraction, writing, "But self-indulgence is also its biggest drawback...The Ooz lasts more than an hour and virtually every track is allowed to ramble on for longer than it needs to."[16]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Billboard Billboard's 50 Best Albums of 2017: Critics' Picks
45
Clash Clash Albums of the Year 2017
8
Consequence of Sound Top 50 Albums of 2017
31
Dazed The 20 best albums of 2017
9
Drowned in Sound Favourite Albums of 2017
87
Les InRocks Best Albums of 2017
2
The Guardian The Best Albums of 2017
22
The Independent 30 Best Albums of 2017
12
New York Daily News The 25 Best Albums of 2017
8
NME NME's Albums of the Year 2017
16
Pigeons and Planes Best Albums of 2017
13
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2017
3
Spin 50 Best Albums of 2017
28
Vice The 100 Best Albums of 2017
3

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Archy Marshall, except "Slush Puppy", which features lyrics by Marshall and Kaya Wilkins.

No.TitleLength
1."Biscuit Town"3:42
2."The Locomotive"2:51
3."Dum Surfer"4:23
4."Slush Puppy"2:42
5."Bermondsey Bosom (Left)"1:14
6."Logos"3:50
7."Sublunary"2:10
8."Lonely Blue"4:44
9."Cadet Limbo"4:52
10."Emergency Blimp"2:54
11."Czech One"4:15
12."A Slide In (New Drugs)"3:05
13."Vidual"2:19
14."Bermondsey Bosom (Right)"1:05
15."Half Man Half Shark"5:02
16."The Cadet Leaps"4:21
17."The OOZ"4:35
18."Midnight 01 (Deep Sea Diver)"3:53
19."La Lune"4:17
Total length:66:14

Notes

  • "Midnight 01 (Deep Sea Diver)" contains a sample from "Temptation Sensation", written by Heinz Kiessling.

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

  • King Krule – vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keys, vocoder
  • Dilip Harris – triangle, percussion, vibraphone, synth, marimba
  • James Wilson – bass
  • George Bass – drums
  • Ignacio Salvadores – saxophone
  • Jack Towell – guitar
  • Andy Ramsay – drum programming, percussion
  • Marc Pell – bongos, tambourine
  • Nana Giobbi – piano
  • Okay Kaya – additional vocals (track 4)
  • Beatriz Ortiz Mendes – spoken word (track 5)
  • Idris Vicuña – spoken word (track 16)
  • Maya Coline – backing vocals (tracks 11, 17)
  • Ella Rimmer – backing vocals (track 11)
  • Adam Marshall – spoken word (track 14), backing vocals (track 15)
  • Maria Dmetriev – spoken word (track 18)

Production

  • Dilip Harris – co-production, mixing, engineering
  • Archy Marshall – co-production, engineering
  • Andy Ramsay – engineering
  • Senor El Funkelinos – engineering
  • Connor Atanda – engineering
  • Barry Grint – mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[36] 51
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[37] 63
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[38] 81
French Albums (SNEP)[39] 124
Irish Albums (IRMA)[40] 60
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[41] 2
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[42] 45
Scottish Albums (OCC)[43] 68
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[44] 58
UK Albums (OCC)[45] 23
US Billboard 200[46] 114
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[47] 7

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