Owen Pallett - Island
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #31 / 603
User Score
Based on 162 ratings
2020 Ratings: #305
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May 22, 2020 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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What really strikes you upon listening to Island is the cinematic sweep of its overall structure ... Island bears the influence of Pallett’s forays into modern classical and soundtrack composition; this doesn’t feel like a mere collection of separate songs with each containing its own crescendo.


Island represents a tender, more melancholic chapter in Pallett's repertoire, but one that offers a refined perspective.


On 'Island', Pallett has succeeded in creating what Eno called “continuous, a surrounding”. This album is an entirely immersive wall of sound that deserves to be listened to time and time again.

'Fire-Mare' is stunning - it sounds like the best song Anathema never wrote for their 'Weather Systems' album.

The day Owen places ten songs of that quality in a row on an album is the day I award him 100%.
It’s been ten long years since Owen Pallett left behind the fantasy world of 14th Century Spectrum that served as the backdrop of his magnum opus, Heartland. An orchestral art-pop album built around two key Barthesian thereotical conceits - love from the perspective of the loved, and the death of the author - Heartland was the apotheosis of all that Pallett had achieved under his erstwhile Square Enix-baiting guise of Final Fantasy: ambitious enough in its concept, songwriting and ... read more
Heartland is one of my favourite albums of the last decade, so I was underwhelmed by this. Long and a bit dull in places, but has enough great moments to warrant a good score and another listen
Cohesive, if over-long; cinematic, if repetitive; sweeping, gorgeous, lush, even if it sounds like a re-tread of early Sufjan Stevens. Owen Pallett has talent and portions of this album, while far from ground-breaking, would fit fantastically into a film score.
With no familiarity of Owen Pallett's work I came in with virtually no expectations. This can often be a blessing to some artists as the only thing that speaks for the album is precisely what you're listening to. I remember when I went to see the movie Cabin in the Woods without seeing any previews or having any idea what genre the film was. It was jarring getting to consume media without any outside influence.

I bring about the comparison to a film with Island because the whole thing plays ... read more
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Track List

  1. - - -> (i)
  2. Transformer
  3. Paragon of Order
  4. - - -> (ii)
  5. The Sound of The Engines
  6. Perseverance of the Saints
  7. Polar Vortex
  8. - - -> (iii)
  9. A Bloody Morning
  10. Fire - Mare
  11. Lewis Gets Fucked into Space
  12. - - -> (iv)
  13. In Darkness
  14. Paragon of Order
  15. Fire - Mare
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Added on: May 21, 2020