JUN ’17: Oxbow ‎– Thin Black Duke

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A casual glance at dry-cleaned and ironed business suit, that covers (flabby) muscles and shamanic tattoos, could remind an old Oxbow fan of studio recording polish which has graced (or disgraced?) song material on last two Oxbow albums. Just a little bit too orderly sound-wise for my taste! Surprisingly enough it suits them well – meticulously arranged songs by guitarist Niko Wenner are presented on “Thin Black Duke” in full fleurs de mal beauty. Oxbow are less hysterical than ever as Mr. Robinson himself has already pointed out. This arresting album is brief (for Oxbow standards) and hits directly. As a proper long play record should do anyway. I’ve been swept off my feet.