- A Crow Looked at Me

Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
CRITIC SCORE
90
Based on 12 reviews
2017 Rank: #1 / 154
USER SCORE
86
Based on
89 ratings

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100
PopMatters
And yet this collection of songs exists, released to the world as a declaration of love, and informing the listener about the circumstances of love and loss between Elverum and his late wife Geneviève Castrée Elverum and their baby daughter.
100
Tiny Mix Tapes
The specifics of its sounds and details of its creation feel as irrelevant and unimportant as any “review” of it (which is why the rating above means absolutely nothing). This isn’t just an album about death. It’s an album that lives death.
92
Paste

They are beautifully and simply arranged, but it is not an entertaining album to listen to in any conventional sense, nor can it be shaken off easily. It is, however, the kind of album that makes all others seem frivolous while you’re hearing it.

91
Consequence of Sound

Overwhelming and humbling, Elverum’s revelatory work offers a blueprint for others going through similar situations in their own lives, a true testament to the power of art and a loving tribute to Geneviève.

91
A.V. Club

Pain is the crux of Elverum’s career, and without resorting to any of his brutally stark instrumentation, he offers his most sobering full-length to date, and likely of all time.

90
Exclaim!

This record possesses immense power to make listeners reflect on their own relationships and mortality. A Crow Looked at Me is a grim memento of the grand injustice of losing those most precious to us.

90
No Ripcord

Even if Elverum is reluctant to label it as such, A Crow Looked at Me is what all art should aspire to be: honest, affecting, and unforgettable.

90
The 405
How many albums can you name that truly take something away from you by the time they cease? It may not be one you play often, but it's also one you will never forget.
90
Pitchfork
So simple, so tactile, so deceptively real are these songs. Their cumulative effect is that they become wobbly with metaphor, forcing the listener into the kind of magical thinking that transforms everything in the living world into a sign of the dead, only to snap back into a reality that for better and worse means nothing.
83
Pretty Much Amazing

For anyone who was ever remotely interested in Mount Eerie or the Microphones, A Crow Looked at Me is a must-listen. But it feels made for a very specific time and place, and the subject matter is tough to stomach and tougher to shake. It’s bleak, but without any of the life-affirming notes you might expect from an album like this.

80
Sputnikmusic

A Crow Looked At Me is as pure an elegy as you might ever hear, and you’re better off not listening.

80
Under The Radar
With his new album, Elverum managed to put this experience into words to be sung, and the results offer intensely moving chapters of his coping and survival.
EMR
100
P. Elverum´s recent learning-process about dealing with the death of a beloved-one is at full exposure on his new LP as Mount Eerie, A Crow Looked at Me (an incredibly suitable title at that). Here, the famous singer/songwriter takes the most bare tools at his disposal and crafts a last requiem for his deceased wife, seemingly hopeful she will look at him from the skies and receive his most honest message.

Anyone going into this album might be surprised by the sheer open-hearted quality ... read more
GoldenChords
NR
Edit: I refuse to give a rating to the album, I definitely can't do it, it's impossible. What would a high rating mean?, that the album achieves what it was proposed?, what I am certainly evaluating?. I'm not able to do it.

"And I remember thinking the last time it rained here you were alive still
And that this same long heat that I was in contained you
And in this same heat I open the window next to you
On your last morning
So you could breathe and then so you could ghost away
And now ... read more
noonoo97
80
Reminds us that simplicity in all aspects can triumph to create deep emotion rather than complex layers and crescendos.
WildChameleon
88
+ Catch accurately the moments when you lose a person
+ Technically and lyrically perfect to death themes ...

- ... But can tend to be redondant (same voice's tone, same instrumentations, etc)

It's easy to do a link between Skeleton Tree and A Crow Looked at Me. I think they aren't totally similar. Skeleton Tree is much more a pure reflection about death and Cave's entire person. Mount Eerie seems to catch exactly the moments of the death and precoce time flowing (I'm feeling that it ... read more
kidhead
100
probably this will be the next aoty

edit:

he decidido hacer esta reseña en español; no sólo por la situación, sino porque necesito expresarme de la mejor forma que conozco.

siempre he sido un gran seguidor de la música de Elverum, tanto con su proyecto en The Microphones como en Mount Eerie. phil tiene una manera de escribir, de cantar, de expresar... que pocas personas tienen. él es capaz de entristecerte, alegrarte, deprimirte. más que la ... read more
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Added on: January 25, 2017