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The Wedding
Jagjaguwar Records

Rating: 8.5/10 ?

July 6, 2005
Brooklyn's Oneida is a dependable band; you can always count on them to make a good record, their live show is always appropriately sweaty, and their penchant for droney, Krautrock-influenced psychedelica always shines brightly through - skillful chops and creative orgasms intact. Their latest release, The Wedding, gives you more of their amazing consistence, but finds them successfully proving they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

Besides being a full realized record that both rocks and lulls, The Wedding highlights Oneida's awareness of the many textures and nuances within their formula, and shows they are unafraid to tinker with each one.

Strings are abundant throughout the record, as the opening song, "The Eiger," employs softly swirling violins and cellos to create its dreamy morass. "You're Drifting" follows a similar plan - although sounding nothing like "Eiger" - it readies the steady electro-pulse of "Charlemagne," where the string section truly becomes a uniquely swelling wave of vibrations. "Charlemagne" abruptly hits a piercing note, attention-grabbing but not melodramatic, and it's time to take note of the band's detailed approach.

"Run Through My Hair" is Oneida's Krautrock version of "Scarborough Fair," with plucked strings and rotating patterns, and "High Life" finds the band in softer electro-pop territory. Note, however, if you're worried they've completely sacrificed their pummeling drone-rock for experimentation, that you have nothing to fear: "Lavender" is vintage Oneida, with a barrage of repeating drums, keys and guitars designed to break the sound barrier in precise patterns. Add to this "Did I Die," with its wah-wah backdrop and snotty vocal statement, and realize good fortune as the band gets its classic rock fix on.

From there, we are left with The Wedding's central scheme: the remaining tracks can all be described using the word "drone" in some shape or form. Oneida's music is most compelling because they know how to take the repetition of a phrase or lick - an age-old concept in the history of rock and roll - and beat it over its head for five minutes, while infusing it with a high level of "rawk" and suspense through and through. You're always wondering where the change is going to come - knowing when it does, it will satisfy the spirit. The Wedding is certainly a new direction in some ways, but it's still the same brainiac rock that Oneida has been dishing out for the past eight years.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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