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The Antlers - Hospice

The Antlers - Hospice
CRITIC SCORE
84
Based on 14 reviews
2009 Rank: #14 / 514
USER SCORE
88
Based on
97 ratings

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Hospice spends the majority of its time at that precipice, straddling an emotional expanse that's both morbid and racked with guilt, self-loathing and desperation. And while this might not sound like the most pleasant way to spend the best part of 50 minutes, The Antlers manage to create an intoxicating ambient landscape within which Silberman exercises his cathartic right. But to simply call the landscape "ambient," and be done with it, sells it horribly short.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes
Tiny Mix Tapes

In the hands of a lesser artist, Hospice could have been a complete clusterfuck. A concept album about childhood trauma precipitating adult dysfunction, with nightmares, ghosts, hospital machinery, and attempted suicide, the album could have very easily buckled under the weight of all this sodden imagery and self-seriousness. Yet against all odds, its oxidized bones stubbornly refuse to bend and its spires continue to wind their way heavenward. Having reviewed the sampli

ng of tracks from previous releases on the band’s website, one becomes acutely aware of just how much The Antlers’ founder Peter Silberman has come into his own. From the sleepy, lo-fi folk of Uprooted to the attractive if somewhat staid indie-pop of In the Attic of the Universe, the listener can trace Silberman’s trajectory towards its pinnacle in Hospice. He appropriates the hazy sheen of My Bloody Valentine’s guitar and the fractured folk-punk of Neutral Milk Hotel, reconfiguring them so earnestly and skillfully as to make them all his own.

User Reviews
SiberianBreaks
86
The cover art makes you think that this is some regular indie album. The production isn't too high quality as well. But the album's theme and the story it tells is incredible. It's very beautiful and emotional once you start to figure out what the album truly is.

Favourite tracks: Wake, Epilogue, Atrophy, Sylvia, Kettering, Bear, Two

JustAReflektor
98
Abstruse and mythical. The opaque message and emotional atmosphere that engulfed me after a few listens will never leave my mind. This is a truly unique listening experience. One of the most genuine albums ever made.

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.

81
Haunting, enlightening, and sonically captivating, the Antlers are a name I won't soon forget. The album's story of overcoming childhood problems doesn't overwhelm or take away from the great production.

96
Hospice isn't only the best album of 2009, it is one of, if not the best albums of the entire decade. Hospice tells a beautiful story of a sick cancer patient and the sadness and pure emotion is captured in every single one of the lyrics.
Stand out tracks: Kettering, Epilogue.
This is an absolute must have for any music lover.

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DETAILS

RELEASED: March 3, 2009
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: The Antlers
GENRE: Indie Rock
WEBSITE: antlersmusic.com
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 11 - A.V. Club
# 9 - Consequence of Sound
# 27 - No Ripcord
# 34 - NPR
# 17 - Paste
# 37 - Pitchfork
# 23 - PopMatters
# 5 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 8 - Stereogum
# 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

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