Tomberlin - At Weddings
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2018 Ratings: #140 / 873
User Score
Based on 105 ratings
2018 Ratings: #318
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CRITIC REVIEWS

95
The Line of Best Fit

On her resoundingly beautiful debut At Weddings, Tomberlin charts an adolescence and young adulthood spent casting off the confinements of youth.

90
God Is in the TV

At Weddings is more than an arrestingly beautiful collection of songs, it is a personal and humbling account of a young woman finding her way through the disentangling, creative process of becoming someone other.

86
Sputnikmusic

It’s an album utterly relatable because love, and heartbreak, are universal. It’s also something so amazingly personal that no one could precisely duplicate it, because every experience is specific to Tomberlin’s journey. That’s At Weddings: passion, devastation, depression , and strength rolled into one. It’s tenacious, and it’s beautiful.

85
Paste

At Weddings is filled with such a powerful, saintly aura that even the most ugly subject matters can spur flawless, beautiful results.

80
Uncut

At Weddings is hermetic in the manner of Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago and equally measured, sincere and vulnerable.

80
The 405

For an album touching on such emotionally complex themes, At Weddings thrives on simplicity.

80
The Observer

There are traces of White Chalk-era PJ Harvey, Low and Sufjan Stevens here and there, but At Weddings introduces a new and singular talent.

80
Exclaim!

Existing within a haunting, hymnal veil, Sarah Beth Tomberlin's debut At Weddings is a loosely bound, but tender examination of a search for her own identity.

80
The Skinny

At Weddings shows Tomberlin tapping into a tentative inner strength, creating a soothing record that ends up resisting its self-doubts and reaches out its hand.

75
Pitchfork
On the whole, the simplicity of Tomberlin’s writing feels like a kindness to the listener—these songs don’t demand rigorous attention, or catch you off guard. Life is taxing enough as it is, they seem to say.
70
Northern Transmissions
Though her latest album may not be that much of a step forward for the genre, there’s something intriguing about Sarah Beth Tomberlin’s way with patient writing. While it’s easy to get caught up in the drawn-out moments of the album, listening back unveils a depth of writing (along with subtle arrangements by Owen Pallett) that’s really something.
70
Loud and Quiet
As Tomberlin fights the fondness of nostalgia, treating the album with the patience it requires might leave you realising just what an impressive introduction it is.
70
Under The Radar

On her haunting and epiphanic debut, At Weddings, Sarah Beth Tomberlin grapples with the existential dread of not knowing where validation may come from as she questions her relationship with God.

70
AllMusic
While simple and often musically somnolent, its heart-wrenching effect is ultimately hard to shake.
musicmagpie55
75

I have been in an unmusic mood. It's not that I am listening to less music, but the ordinary things that draw me to songs are unappealing at the moment. I am not sure if it's the season or personal events that add to this lack of interest. I want to listen to new things, but I am stuck in a rut of the same few albums. This malaise usually happens once a year, and each time I feel the same disturbing possibility that this is the new normal. My unending appetite for new music has ended. I fear ... read more

thomasuic
83

Tomberlin to be added to the Julie Byrne, Julien Baker and Angel Olsen group of artists. The gloomy record "at weddings" is vocally insane and instrumentally surprisingly it is very versatile although only a few instruments are used. This album is moody as it creates a unique environment for us as listeners.

77

There’s no shortage of promising young acoustic-based singer-songwriters, but on both the singing and songwriting front, Sarah Beth Tomberlin stands out. Her voice is powerful and arresting, but nuanced enough to fit neatly into her stripped-down, restrained style. Like fellow southern singer-songwriters Julien Baker and Mackenzie Scott (Torres), Tomberlin explores her struggles with her faith on “At Weddings,” but unlike those artists, Tomberlin's faith is gone, presumably ... read more

Faint
80

I first encountered Tomberlin when she was the opening act for Lucy Dacus on her Home Video tour. I briefly went through Tomberlin's discography on Spotify a week before the concert and her music, while pretty, blended into the background. At the concert itself is where I was very drawn to her; a very awkward but sweet performer with self-deprecating jokes and humor. The performance itself was pretty sparse: most of her songs had her move her fret board down, strum these lovely notes and sing. ... read more

Emme_Strt
98

Church music ironically, the reverb is so cold, the sound so simple and enveloping, beautiful, quite emotional, the voice fully conveys the agony, one of the best debuts of the year, probably the best, but it takes my title completely '' the best album to listen to in the morning '', so sad

ESPAÑOL
música de iglesia irónicamente, la reverberación es tan fría, el sonido tan simple y envolvente, hermoso, bastante emocional, la voz transmite completamente la ... read more

musicmagpie55
75

I have been in an unmusic mood. It's not that I am listening to less music, but the ordinary things that draw me to songs are unappealing at the moment. I am not sure if it's the season or personal events that add to this lack of interest. I want to listen to new things, but I am stuck in a rut of the same few albums. This malaise usually happens once a year, and each time I feel the same disturbing possibility that this is the new normal. My unending appetite for new music has ended. I fear ... read more

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Track List

1Any Other Way
3:22
100
2Untitled 1
4:51
80
3Tornado
3:36
90
4You Are Here
3:44
80
5A Video Game
5:12
100
6I'm Not Scared
4:52
90
7Seventeen
4:31
100
8Self-Help
3:17
100
9Untitled 2
4:36
90
10February
5:20
90
Total Length: 43 minutes
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Added on: June 5, 2018