The Antlers - Burst Apart
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Based on 26 reviews
2011 Ratings: #50 / 964
Year End Rank: #20
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Based on 234 ratings
2011 Ratings: #64
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May 10, 2011 / Release Date
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Frenchkiss / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Beats Per Minute

Burst Apart is much more complex than its predecessor, both emotionally and musically.

90
Drowned in Sound

Burst Apart deserves all the plaudits that can be thrown at it; albums are rarely as unashamedly, gut-wrenchingly, genuinely emotional as this.

82
Pitchfork

It's all the more affecting for how it allows you to pick your own stumbling, lonely path.

80
PopMatters

Not only does Burst Apart rise to the occasion of following up an instant classic, it might even best Hospice in more ways than one.

Plats
89
It doesn't reach the same heights as 'Hospice", but "Burst Apart" still retains the emotionally-compelling, well-written, beautifully sung and exquisitely-produced highs that have made The Antlers great while making the arrangements more complex.

Fav Tracks: No Widows, I Don't Want Love, Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out, French Exit, Corsicana, Parentheses

Least Fav Track: Putting The Dog To Sleep

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8.9
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21stcenturyschi
80
In 2009, The Antlers released the critically acclaimed concept album, Hospice, so I was curious as to how they would follow it up. While Burst Apart isn't as grand or as conceptual, it is still very thematic, and serves as a sister album of sorts to Hospice. If Hospice is about the ending of a relationship, then Burst Apart is essentially the aftermath of the broken relationship. There is "I Don't Want Love", where the ex-girlfriend wants Peter back, but he has shown that he is at the ... read more
mikeisnowonfire
92
Delicate-yet-charming-yet-catchy-yet-beautiful-pop/folk/rock/indie-music
84
In hindsight, I feel like I come back to this album much more than hospice. It's beautiful.
TheBravesDH
78
It's not their most cohesive and they do waste a fair amount of space, but it does have a few of the most engaging tracks they have ever released. It's hard to have realistic expectations of where to go after a project like Hospice, an album that could only be made once.
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Track List

  1. I Don't Want Love 
  2. French Exit 
  3. Parentheses
  4. No Widows 
  5. Rolled Together
  6. Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out 
  7. Tiptoe 
  8. Hounds 
  9. Corsicana 
  10. Putting the Dog to Sleep
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