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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
"Tight" isn't a word that fits comfortably when describing Thee Oh Sees, but on Help, the second full-length effort from John Dwyer's garage psych marauders, the band has certainly learned to find order amidst chaos in a manner that eluded them on their 2008 debut The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In. The basic approach on Help isn't particularly different than on Thee Oh Sees' first effort -- the guitars are thick, ringing, and dripping with reverb and distortion, the rhythm section pounds away in a simple but relentless fashion, the massed vocals approximate vintage California-style harmonies in the midst of a trip on dirty acid, and the songs take ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
"Tight" isn't a word that fits comfortably when describing Thee Oh Sees, but on Help, the second full-length effort from John Dwyer's garage psych marauders, the band has certainly learned to find order amidst chaos in a manner that eluded them on their 2008 debut The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In. The basic approach on Help isn't particularly different than on Thee Oh Sees' first effort -- the guitars are thick, ringing, and dripping with reverb and distortion, the rhythm section pounds away in a simple but relentless fashion, the massed vocals approximate vintage California-style harmonies in the midst of a trip on dirty acid, and the songs take traditional garage rock changes and bend them a wee bit as the production runs them through just enough low-budget studio trickery until they resemble a paisley nightmare oozing out of your speakers. Still, while most of the tunes on Help sound as purposefully messed up as ever, they're just a bit tidier and more straightforward here, and the stronger framework makes a positive difference. Similarly, the performances sound more unified and less chaotic here, as if everyone is following the same vision that lurks over the horizon for a change, and the ferocity of Dwyer's guitar is potent, locking into the crash-boom-bang of the bass and drums with impressive force. And while full-on assaults on reality like "Enemy Destruct" and "Soda St. #1" are the order of the day on Help, there's enough of a pop lilt in "Go Meet the Seed" and "Can You See?" to confirm these folks saw some real nice colors while making this album and have a variety of tricks in their repertoire to express them. You might not trust Thee Oh Sees to give you a ride home after a gig, but if you're looking for a seriously buzzy rave-up, Help certainly delivers the goods.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: In The Red Records
  • UPC: 759718517118
  • Catalog Number: 171
  • Sales rank: 28,308

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Enemy Destruct (3:19)
  2. 2 Ruby Go Home (4:22)
  3. 3 Meat Step Lively (2:48)
  4. 4 A Flag in the Court (2:01)
  5. 5 The Turn Around (1:03)
  6. 6 Can You See (2:35)
  7. 7 Rainbow (1:46)
  8. 8 Go Meet the Seed (5:53)
  9. 9 I Can't Get No (1:58)
  10. 10 Soda St. #1 (2:40)
  11. 11 Destroyed Fortress Reappears (5:23)
  12. 12 Peanut Butter Oven (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thee Oh Sees Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Chris Woodhouse Engineer
William Keihn Artwork, Cover Art
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