Oneida's sprawling three-disc opus is full of meandering, menacing, genre-spanning gems. Disc one channels noise rock, disc two an ominous indie vibe, and disc three astral-projection psychedelia courtesy of two tracks that are 13 and 20 minutes long.
From the hard-charging, distorted epic The River to the Beta Bandesque Luxury Travel (an exercise in hazy experimentalism), Rated O shows what Oneida are capable of. The album's creeping ambience and modest pace make it great background music at work, but its many sub-themes and intricacies also make it a rewarding sit-down listen if you can spare an hour and 40 minutes.
Top track: The River