"Oxbow's `An Evil Heat' was a work of power and majesty, alt rock with a sex hunter cum preacher on vocals and anyone who has seen their mechanical prick worshiping striptease rock show will be able to attest to what I just wrote - or not.
Anyway `The Narcotic Story' is the new one and it's even better. Eugene's vocals are more deranged and pathological, he even sounds vulnerable in places (perhaps even guilty???), The rest of the band which are now even more collar grabbingly urgent (perhaps I mean desperate) are a couple of shades darker than sad,,, damn beautiful I'll say.
Bands as good as Oxbow are the reason I still buy rock music. Urgent, intelligent, grandiose and yet frugal. Its high time you grabbed this record! "
Another crazy auditory journey....
Carl E. Haag | SoCal | 07/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Combining a zeppelin-esque melody with crazed vocals, Oxbows' latest release is a hard one to define but definitely rates a listen. More than just songs, each track seems to transport you into a separate auditory adventure, combining accessible sounds with somewhat abrasive vocals. This album plays off of emotions, with a overtly passionate lyricist who at times sounds like Tom Waits just gargled a mouthful of thumb tacks, and time signatures reminiscent of classic rock at it's best. Oxbows' latest album is "Noise Rock" at it's best and easily one of the best releases of the year."
L. Myers | Decatur, GA United States | 06/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you've ever awakened on a bright Sunday morning, birds chirping across the glare of the Spring sun, damp clothes heavy over your flesh but the only thing separating you and the wet underbush beneath someone's bedroom window, someone you weren't supposed to see ever again, someone you weren't supposed to step 500 yards near, someone who changed his or her phone number just so he or she wouldn't hear your voice again, then you don't need to hear this album. You've been there and done that and have moved on, like life. But sometimes you want a reminder, right? Then you can revisit that anxious rush of adrenaline when the car engine cuts off around the front of the house during Geometry of Business and you can't not make the slightest sound and start questioning the ludicrousness of the present time and place and how best to react to your possible revealing. But Time Gentleman Time is not your confidante and wants to torture you with every moan from inside those walls stretched for maximum penetration. The anger, the intrusion on your private torment by someone else's ecstasy, feel it raw again through She's A Find and Frankly Frank, remember your toes curling in your Doc Marten's anxious for something else to be happening, to someone else, to give it away, remembering It's The Giving, Not The Taking, the taking was the reason you got behind the wheel and started the ignition. It was the reason you crouched in the soil for two hours until the car engine revved back to life and the first half was done. Fortunately your agitation blindsided you and you were too frantic to remain conscious. If you really want to go through all of those emotions again, you don't need this album. You need help."
Strange band, strange music
Pierre | France | 11/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have first heard of Oxbow last year when I bought their DVD "love that's last". I was surprised to learn that this band existed for almost 20 years. It is a sophisticated band, but the music is hard to define. It's not indie, not blues, not metal, definitely not jazz, not really experimental either... I don't know if I will still be listening to this music next year, or in 10 years, but for now I am intrigued. It is original and intense."