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- Hospice

The Antlers - Hospice
CRITIC SCORE
81
Based on 18 reviews
2009 Rank: #34 / 799
USER SCORE
86
Based on
207 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

In a similar fashion to Bon Iver‘s For Emma, Forever Ago, Hospice succeeds by conveying deeply personal traumas as universally appreciable truths, until one man’s lonely, painful catharsis transmogrifies into something panoramic and shared by all.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Hospice is a work of rare beauty and a watershed moment in The Antlers’ career. 

70
AllMusic

It's a woe-heavy record that could easily be crushed by its own weight, except for the fact that it's delivered with such ease.

60
Clash

An ebbing and flowing symphony of tender vocals and shoegazing guitar washes, expressing the narrative tension with admirable empathy, punctuated by blasts of reverb drenched choruses. 

SiberianBreaks
70
The cover art makes you think that this is some regular indie album. And in reality, it is a very simple album with subpar recording, but you'll definitely find something poetic and beautiful if you dig deeper into the lyrics.

EDIT: I'm continuing to like this album less and less with each listen. It is a bit tacky for how melodramatic it is. I need to give this one a long, long break.

Favourite tracks: Sylvia, Bear, Epilogue
MarkCooper
69
Original Score: 86

I think this album is perfect for young people, with young people writing and lyrics. That doesn't take anything away from the power of this record, but it definitely doesn't carry the weight it did for me when I was 15.
scott96k
79
Man this is depressing...
friendlybison
63
Oh, how I've tried. I've tried and I've tired and I've tried. The songwriting is so elegant and beautiful, but it feels so lacking on a sonic level. I want to love this record as much as my peers, but I can't which makes me even sadder than this record would if it left the same impact on me.
AlienMindSet
88
This album is deeper than what it seems to be on surface. The meaning of the whole album makes much more sense when the music and the words used by Peter are digested at the same time. Emotions behind the voice is hard to ignore.
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DETAILS

March 3, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
The Antlers / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
antlersmusic.com / Website
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 11 - A.V. Club
# 1 - Beats Per Minute
# 9 - Consequence of Sound
# 27 - No Ripcord
# 34 - NPR
# 17 - Paste
# 37 - Pitchfork
# 23 - PopMatters
# 5 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 8 - Stereogum
# 13 - The Line of Best Fit
# 16 - Tiny Mix Tapes
Track List

  1. Prologue
  2. Kettering
  3. Sylvia
  4. Atrophy
  5. Bear
  6. Thirteen
  7. Two
  8. Shiva
  9. Wake
  10. Epilogue

Contributions By
wallver, alexgonzriv, erik, philthy