Reinvention reigns supreme in the elastic world of Robyn Hitchcock. His latest incarnation with the Venus 3 (Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey & Bill Rieflin) spawned the critically acclaimed Ole Tarantula
in 2006. Three years later this confection of rock stars and underground legends is back with this post-modern pop masterpiece. Stabbing horns from compatriot Terry Edwards swim alongside gorgeous harmonies throughout this snapshot of Hitchcock's version of pop music in a perfect world. Goodnight Oslo
features guest vocalists Colin Meloy, Sean Nelson and Morris Windsor who help Robyn sing his way through a dreamy remembrance of 16 years of intoxication.
An album of nearly unwavering positivity, Robyn's latest work strengthens the pull of his lunar-like gravity and adds yet another chapter to the myth of one of rock music's most influential undercurrents.
Another exercise in melodic spelunking which relies as much on his relentless ethusiasm for ideas and wry emotional criticism as his singular songwriting talents -- Time Out, 9th February 2009
Goodnight Oslo is a melodic, joyful and unsettling collection inspired by a 1982 Scandinavian tour.
-- The Mirror, 9th February 2009
Goodnight Oslo like so many of his previous solo albums, is breezy, literate English psychedelia -- Sunday Express, 9th February 2009
His first album in three years is full of such left-field wonders; tales of old codgers displaced by the smoking ban (the jaunty Saturday Groovers, and the minefield of romance (Intricate Thing) -- C Rock, 9th February 2009
It's a sprightly, jangly affair Saturday Groovers is a perky pop song while the title track is addictively claustrophobic -- The Evening Standard, 9th February 2009