Lost Wisdom Pt. 2

Mount Eerie - Lost Wisdom Pt. 2
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2019 Ratings: #254 / 759
User Score
Based on 201 ratings
2019 Ratings: #361
Liked by 3 people
November 8, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
P.W. Elverum & Sun / Label
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There is a truth in simply saying the thing as it is (“death is real”). There is a similar and incongruent honesty in seeing the layer in the saying, in singing it. There is a second truth in the smokes that come from fires. Lost Wisdom pt. 2 possesses both strains of truth.

The most remarkable thing about this new album, other than the gravity that pulls their voices back to such a familiar emotional place, is how Elverum manages to merge his recent more plainspoken diary style with the elegiac and alchemical metaphors of his early voice.
Consequence of Sound

In spite of those fleeting moments of discord, Lost Wisdom Pt. 2 is an extraordinarily rewarding listen.

The duo’s second collaboration is marked by a newfound sense of hope.
The 405

Instead of completely wallowing in sadness, he picks up the broken, scattered pieces of his heart and attempts to piece them together for listeners so they may continue to always believe in love.

Northern Transmissions

Lost Wisdom, PT. 2 is another heartbreaking collection of songs from Mount Eerie.


Though it's a smaller-scale work than either A Crow Looked at Me or Now Only, Lost Wisdom pt. 2 is filled with just as much insight and compassion.

Rolling Stone
Despite their relatively brief joint-resume, Elverum and Doiron work together with an intimacy that conveys a lifetime of collaboration and creation.
The Guardian
A set of disconcertingly painful songs about the end of his first relationship after the death of his wife finds Phil Elverum at sea in sadness.
Though not quite closure, ‘Lost Wisdom Pt. 2’ is the sound of Mount Eerie reaching clarity.
The Needle Drop

With meandering melodies and directionless songwriting, Mount Eerie teams up with Julie Doiron for a sequel to 2008's Lost Wisdom that pales in comparison to the original.

Me: "Not" by Big Thief is the best rock song of the year!
Phil: "Widows"

Phil Elverum is an extremely prolific musician and singer, compulsively creative, and this flow has only been slightly slowed down by the upheavals he has experienced in the last five years (the birth of a child, the death of his wife, a marriage with a new woman, and then a divorce). The frankness with which he composes his music makes it inhabited by all the wounds and routines that accompanied these ... read more
A resetting record for Mount Eerie- hauntingly stark, beautiful ligaments and connective tissues, laid bare.
Lost widsom pt2 feels more like a mix of Lost wisdom and his most recent releases : a solid songwriting, cute folk and some strange arrangements.

While I feel that lost wisdom was more bold and a crow looked at me/now only more impactful lyrically, Lost wisdom pt 2 manages to have solid lines (Belief, real lost wisdom, love without possession) on his own.

Re-adding the sweet Julie doiron is really strange as I don't feel that lost wisdom pt 2 is a true follow up but more a refreshed lost ... read more
Wish it was easy to put into words the feelings these past few Mount Eerie projects have given me. Here, Phil continues the themes and stories of grief, over not just his late wife but also a recent divorce after remarrying. These simple slow acoustic pieces, along with Phil's incredibly emotive writing and Julie Doiron's lush locals create an album that's hard to turn your ears away from. There's a certain sense of dark hope this album gives off, perhaps given that Phil isn't just alone to ... read more
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Track List

  1. Belief (feat. Julie Doiron)
  2. When I Walk out of the Museum (feat. Julie Doiron)
  3. Enduring the Waves (feat. Julie Doiron)
  4. Love Without Possession (feat. Julie Doiron)
  5. Real Lost Wisdom (feat. Julie Doiron)
  6. Widows (feat. Julie Doiron)
  7. Pink Light (feat. Julie Doiron)
  8. Belief Pt. 2 (feat. Julie Doiron)
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Added on: September 25, 2019