Angelo De Augustine - Tomb
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2019 Ratings: #360 / 792
User Score
Based on 209 ratings
2019 Ratings: #388
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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.
WatersUnfold
74

#100 FAVOURITE ALBUM OF THE 2010S

Now, I can understand if the similarities to Sufjan Stevens brings this album down, That's completely acceptable. I can not deny the similarities, and this is far from a perfect album. Very very, Very far. Some moments here feel unnecessary and a lot of the songwriting can feel uncomfortable at times, and the production choices like the drum on "I Could Be Wrong" can even ruin the actual beauty beneath it. But that aside, this album is great.

This ... read more

JayCrackers
83

An album i actually missed in 2019. So glad, i decided to check it out. yes the element of Sufjan Stevens are there but for me Angelo has enough distinctive in sound and lyrics to separate himself from the god of folk, and sets his own sound of beautifully lush melodies and a nice soothing voice with lyrics which become more introspective the further down the record. Honestly, a great record and I wonder what he'll do next.

Track Review

Tomb 8.5/10
All to the Wind 8/10
You Needed Love, I ... read more

Jonathan00
74

Sufjan de augustine

midnights
76

added august 30, 2021

Kirzhe
87

Surely I was having deep thoughts 'bout my takes in some of the tracks that brought me into life's emotion from denial to acceptance. Through the wise pick of music choice has Angelo ever created was indeed by far close to ethereal that depicts a metaphor of someone's life.

"One's existence becomes real only by acquiring identity".

By forging the oath, you have to be born in order to forget. It hints for what love and burden can do, Like in that one track "A Good Man's ... read more

6degrees
80

A gorgeous record by Angelo De Augustine. Incredibly underrated artist.

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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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Added on: December 4, 2018