Aureate Gloom

of Montreal - Aureate Gloom
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2015 Ratings: #511 / 770
User Score
Based on 68 ratings
2015 Ratings: #379
March 3, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

89
Paste
The result is an audacious delight, delivering aural odysseys that slither in and out of the territory of heavy-lidded dance-club bangers, junkie-punk ragers, symphonic Baroque-pop gems, plaintive guitar-rockers and myriad lessons from the Marc Bolan school of glam-rock depravity.
80
DIY
Every song seems to journey through a multitude of genres and eras while remaining coherent.
80
Exclaim!

Aureate Gloom is the point where grief becomes a search for light in creation, adventure and musical experimentation, making even Barnes' more experimental sonic forays sound urgent.

80
AllMusic

Unlike Sylvianbriar, which seemed like a departure, Aureate Gloom takes many of the band's more recent notable attributes -- verbosity, funkiness, experimentalism, grit, flair, meandering modulations, confessional lyrics, sexiness, attitude -- and funnels them into a petulant stew.

75
Under The Radar

Aureate Gloom is like pushing lousy with sylvianbriar through a Satanic Panic in the Attic filter. Or it's like Paralytic Stalks with shorter phases and more electric guitars.

70
Pitchfork
This bounding, perforated punk sound is enjoyable on its own terms, though you wonder what could’ve been if this band didn’t work so modularly in fits and starts.
70
PopMatters
The album is a difficult listen because it is immeasurably honest, because it exposes a group who, after 13 releases in almost 20 years, sounds less seasoned than flat-out exhausted.
70
The 405
It's a veritable mess (although the raucous vamp at the end of 'Virgilian Lots' is dope), but is fitting for a 2015 of Montreal.
67
A.V. Club

Loud, fickle, and impolite, Aureate Gloom is yet another entry into the evolution of one man’s soul made manifest through music.

60
Drowned in Sound

It’s hard to forgive Barnes the accusation of repetition, and that’s what undoubtedly rears its head on Aureate Gloom

60
The Skinny

His verbose, awkwardly confessional lyrics are covered in glitter glue and sunshine, but this is painful catharsis rather than joyful celebration.

60
Rolling Stone
When Barnes figures out how to focus his brain dumps, dude gets more with less.
58
Consequence of Sound

If Aureate Gloom brings nothing new to the table sonically, its lyrics are often interesting, showcasing an especially irate side of Barnes that hasn’t been this prominent since “The Past Is a Grotesque Animal”.

55
The Line of Best Fit

Aureate Gloom makes for a confused, scary, frustrating wallow into the psyche of a man I’m starting to fear getting to know any better.

52
Sputnikmusic
As a whole, it’s a record that twists and turns itself into repetition, a hodgepodge of styles and aimless attempts at diversion that tread water more than they make a sail and actually go somewhere.
Z.Younk
69
A funky, popier take, more comparable to False Priests.
Rob_StA
71
Favorite Track:
Apollyon Of Blue Room
Sinestroll
84
Best Songs: Bassem Sabry; Virgilian Lots
nostar
78
Great band, great album.
tinymusiccritic
68
Kevin Barnes is one of the few musicians working in the "indie-rock" realm who could genuinely be considered a genius auteur. 'Hissing Fauna...' would almost certainly be in my Baker's Dozen of most significant albums in my life. So you can imagine the cycle of emotions I've been going through with post-'Hissing Fauna' releases. None have touched its greatness on a consistent basis, but there are always the flashes of genius. 'Aureate Gloom' displays a few of these, and I prefer it to ... read more
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Track List

  1. Bassem Sabry
  2. Last Rites At The Jane Hotel
  3. Empyrean Abbatoir
  4. Aluminum Crown
  5. Virgillian Lots
  6. Monolithic Egress
  7. Apollyon Of Blue Room
  8. Estocadas
  9. Chthonian Dirge For Uruk The Other
  10. Like Ashoka's Inferno of Memory
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