The Ark Work

Liturgy - The Ark Work
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2015 Ratings: #710 / 891
User Score
Based on 65 ratings
2015 Ratings: #550
March 24, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Thrill Jockey / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

It’s unwieldy, and it may not be as purely enjoyable as Aesthetica, but it’s a singular musical achievement.

80
The 405
It's catchy without sacrificing heft. It's a behemoth, but also sounds meditative. Furthermore, it doesn't seem to compromise so much as heartily invite the genres it dives into.
80
The Line of Best Fit

If ever an album proved that genre should stand for very little in this day and age, it’s this. The Ark Work pays tribute to Hunt-Hendrix’s dogged desire to push listeners’ buttons.

80
PopMatters
Much like the recent music of Swans, this is captivatingly repetitive music that grabs the listener by the throat and drags him into a higher aural and indeed emotional plane.
80
Spin
For a band previously hailed and reviled for its supposedly sacrilege approach, this is the real radical departure worthy of admiration.
70
Under The Radar
The result is often challenging, occasionally rapturous, and always without peer. A daring and complex work of contemporary envelope-pushing.
70
The Needle Drop
Experimental rock and metal act Liturgy makes a magnum opus of the sounds and ideas forged on their last album.
67
Consequence of Sound

With all its heavenly might, The Ark Work stands as another Liturgy entry worth endless discussion, raising the question the band has prompted before: Is this even black metal?

64
Pitchfork
The band plays with tremendous power, verve, and energy, but the results feel leaden, even after dozens of listens.
50
AllMusic

The Ark Work utilizes an impressive if often questionable array of different instruments and sound techniques in a musical mess that interweaves metal, prog, indie, gothic rock, and even IDM. Its mix and songwriting are often interesting, but in the end it's mostly clumsy.

40
The Skinny
There's a notable lack of peaks here – odd for a band who once specialised in perpetual climax.
40
No Ripcord
There’s something commendable about the way Liturgy wish to silence those who refute them by willfully making things as abstruse as can be. It doesn’t excuse their turgid confidence, however, as if overly conceptualizing every aspect of their mission statement through defensive projection.
30
Exclaim!
It's executed incredibly well for what it is, but what we're left with is ugly, soulless and emotionally bankrupt.
WhatTheFunk
79
I feel like if Animal Collective released this, everyone would think it was the best thing since sliced bread.

We talk about Liturgy as much for its music as for the various reasons to hate its famous singer and guitarist Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (HHH, for those in the know). It would not be necessary to start this review with this sentence if Hunt-Hendrix himself did not make such an effort to make his philosophies and claims known. He offers nebulous and grandiloquent answers in interviews, he ... read more
oppressedwaifu
80
I make my money on my own (yeah),
wakin’ up 5 in the mornin (yeah),
throwin money in the oven (yeah),
fuck sleep & his cousin (yeah)
marmaladejacket
85
Such a lukewarm overall response to what I consider to be an album I've never heard before...and by that, this album has such a unique vibe to it, with such interesting features and soundscapes, and I'm very into the strangeness of it all; the new direction with clean vocals mixed with a more avant garde metal instrumentation is absolutely fascinating to me.
amygoodall
80
good
exception
77
Every little segment and piece of this album I really enjoy individually, but as a whole I'm pretty let down. Still a very interesting and overall very fun project.
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Added on: January 20, 2015