AOTY 2019
Angelo De Augustine - Tomb
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #322 / 604
User Score
Based on 161 ratings
2019 Ratings: #462
January 11, 2019 / Release Date
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Asthmatic Kitty / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Line of Best Fit

Tomb is a record of heartbreak that never wallows, a reflection on loss that does not allow itself to become stuck in the past, and resolutely optimistic at its core. What we find here, on what is arguably the pinnacle of his output to date, is De Augustine achieving the beautiful balance between introspection and grandeur; straddling the place where pain and hope intersect.

80
Northern Transmissions

Tomb is truly meant for everyone with a personal ax to grind. Retrospection rules.

80
Sputnikmusic

What we end up with here is Angelo De Augustine’s most brazen step forward to date. Tomb sees him not buried, but bursting forth with flourishing atmospheres. By nature his music is still very soft-spoken – almost Elliott Smith-like in that regard – but this is no longer the crackly, static-bound lo-fi songwriter that gave us Spirals of Silence and Swim Inside The Moon.

80
Exclaim!

While the title suggests De Augustine's third full-length album is full of sepulchral tones, Tomb has a lightness to it. De Augustine is immersed in love throughout, so while he's working through tough stuff, we are ultimately left with the feeling that De Augustine is growing stronger and that love will bloom again.

80
Under The Radar

This is a remarkable, quietly powerful, and astoundingly beautiful album from an artist who now deserves to take his place among his influences.

75
The 405

Rather than allowing grief or bitterness to well up and overwhelm him, he instead uses his music as a vehicle to not only cope, but to also find some sense of reconciliation. On that end, Tomb doesn’t compartmentalize any lingering sense of doubt or despair so much as it comes to terms with those feelings, giving De Augustine some much-needed perspective and the chance to embrace the brighter possibilities that lie ahead.

73
Paste

By adding cleaner production, synth and string flourishes alongside poppier and catchier refrains, De Augustine largely hits the mark on Tomb. With a few curveballs thrown throughout, the warm and comforting lull of Swim Inside the Moon is long gone, replaced by a fascinating record that updates his prior work without losing any of its intimacy.

73
Pitchfork

Despite being his most polished full-length to date, Tomb shows him at his most candid and introspective.

50
God Is in the TV
If we’re all on some crowded, fractious Network Rail-style journey from womb to tomb, then Angelo De Augustine’s new album is almost disembarking from the crowded carriage and trudging towards a rail-replacement bus service. It’s definitely a document of a life that’s suffered something between leaves on the line and derailment.
BuffaloStaple
78
Enjoyed thoroughly, despite the pretty rocky start this shit be very beautiful. Angelo's singing voice while pretty similar in tone across the whole album, has a lot of humanity and vulnerability to it yknow, and this album musically does everything it needs to in order for it to be engaging from beginning to end in my opinion. Filled mainly with some really pleasant & fragile guitar melodies that do a great job of complimenting the honesty and desperation you can hear in his writing, which ... read more
usedtobe
85
Beautiful record with some touches of Sufjan
NR
STOP SAYING SUFJAN STEVENS IS BETTER THAN ANGELO DE AUGUSTINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE DISRESPECTING THE MAN!
Jonathan00
74
Sufjan de augustine
64
A beautiful album, very acoustic which I think works perfectly for the vibe.
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Track List

  1. Tomb
  2. All to the Wind
  3. You Needed Love, I Needed You
  4. I Could Be Wrong
  5. Tide
  6. Kaitlin
  7. Time
  8. Somewhere Far Away from Home
  9. Wanderer
  10. A Good Man’s Light
  11. Bird Has Flown
  12. All Your Life
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