God Is Good
Om - God Is Good
Studio album by Om
Released September 8 2009
Recorded March 2009 at Electrical Audio in Chicago, Illinois
Genre Psychedelic Rock, Experimental Rock
Length 34:11
Label Drag City
Producer Steve Albini
Om chronology
Live Conference
God Is Good
Advaitic Songs

God Is Good is the fourth studio album by Om, released in 2009 via Drag City. Along with being the first studio album to feature Emil Amos and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe it is notably an expansion into the band's sound, drawing into various elements of Middle Eastern Folk, Raga and more.


Upon recruiting Emil Amos in the Spring of 2008, Om would record and release a single on Sub Pop entitled Gebel Barkal. By the end of 2009 the band would recruit Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens, 90 Day Men) and begin work on a new album through March of 2009.

Reception on the album, though mostly positive, has been mixed. Notable praise would come from Sputnik Music (4.0/5),[1] Tiny Mix Tapes (3.5/5)[2] and Fact Mag (8/10), the latter praising the Middle Eastern aesthetic of Side B.[3] A tenth anniversary revisit by Doodlehound observed that "change was happening no matter what", noting the mixed fan reception at the time and accepting the album had to grow rather than be an instant hook. Ultimately God Is Good attained a "Recommended" rating.[4]

Some critics would be critical of the band's new direction in sound. Pitchfork would award a 6.0/10 and while praising Amos' performance also criticized the uneven length and usage of Indian instrumentation seeming "too obvious".[5] Drowned In Sound (Also awarding a 6/10) would praise Amos's contributions and the more psychedelic direction but show criticism towards "Meditation Is The Practice of Death" and described the record as "a confused creation".[6] Both the BBC[7] and The Skinny[8] lauded the record for what was perceived as lacking in power, especially compared to prior works.


  • 1. Thebes (19:09)
  • 2. Meditation Is The Practice of Death (6:52)
  • 3. Cremation Ghat I (3:12)
  • 4. Cremation Ghat II (4:58)


  • Al Cisneros - Bass, Vocals
  • Emil Amos - Drums
  • Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe - Tambura (1,4), Vocals (3), Photography
  • Lorraine Rath - Flute (2)
  • Alex Hall - Artwork (Art Construction)
  • David Giffey - Artwork (Iconography)
  • Greg Norman - Additional Engineering (Chicago)
  • Tim Hochstedler - Additional Engineering (Portland)
  • Christina Files - Additional Engineering (Portland)
  • Jay Pellicci - Additional Engineering (San Francisco)
  • Jason Roeder - Photography
  • John Golden - Mastering
  • Steve Albini - Recording

External LinksEdit


  1. Sputnik Music
  2. Tiny Mix Tapes
  3. Fact Mag
  4. Doodlehound
  5. Pitchfork
  6. Drowned in Sound
  7. BBC
  8. The Skinny
V·T·E Om
Current Members Al CisnerosEmil AmosTyler Trotter
Past Members Chris HakiusRobert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Studio Albums Variations on a ThemeConference of the BirdsPilgrimageGod Is GoodAdvaitic Songs
Splits Inerrant Rays of Infallible Sun (Blackship Shrinebuilder)Om / Six Organs of Admittance
Singles Gebel BarkalAddis DubplateGethsemane Dubplate
Live Albums Live at JerusalemLive ConferenceLiveBBC Radio 1
Associated Bands and Artists SleepThe SabiansShrinebuilderGrailsPhantom Family HaloHoly Mountain RecordsBilly AndersonDavid V. D'andrea
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