The Besnard Lakes Are the Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings

The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are the Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings
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Based on 15 reviews
2021 Ratings: #236 / 513
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Based on 93 ratings
2021 Ratings: #410
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Spill Magazine

Every track is generous, beautiful, and essential. If you use music as medicine, this record will give you what you need. If you want to be overtaken, transported, and delivered safely back home, TBLATLOTGTW is yours.


On ...Last Of The Great Thunderstorm Warnings, we hear The Besnard Lakes make a very contemporary take on psychedelic music; wise to rock history but not in thrall to it, more interested in asking the big questions than senselessly adding to the canon.


Thunderstorm Warnings doesn't put a foot wrong, delivering the big music with heart instead of bluster.

FLOOD Magazine
While it was inspired by actual death, it’s the creative rebirth of the band that gives even the darkest passages of this cinematic (and nearly feature-film length) record a hopeful sheen throughout.
Written and recorded in the wake of Lasek's father's death, the overall tone is more life-affirming than mourning. It would be disingenuous to say the Besnards had been on a downswing prior to this, but in wrestling with mortality they tap into a well of vital energy that makes the group appear revitalized and full of vigor.
The Sydney Morning Herald
On their first album in five years, the band delivers more lush psychedelica and moving songwriting – and, at 72 minutes long, this double LP is gloriously uncompromising.
Northern Transmissions

The Besnard Lakes have always seemed to do whatever they wanted to but this album feels different. It’s defiantly inspired. The band is constantly flexing their muscles throughout, harmonically and melodically.

Record Collector
Loss is the road to revelation on the sixth album from Montreal's under-regarded psych-rock stalwarts, back on gloriously expansive form to tackle life's biggies.
Beats Per Minute
It’s an evocative thrill ride and a captivating rumination on mortality that also asks questions of life afterwards. It isn’t an easy listen but it’ll soon become something you’re drawn towards time and time again.
Under The Radar

It's an album that will delight the band's fanbase, and there are some powerful and profound moments with arrangements that are beyond the realms of what would be considered standard rock music. This is serious music taking on weighty themes.


Wisely abandoning the dissonant switch-ups of 2016's A Coliseum Complex Museum, Thunderstorm Warnings takes everything the Besnard Lakes have ever done well and provides it in abundance.

Classic Rock
The Besnard Lakes might test the listener’s patience at times, but their commendable commitment to monumental scale and ambition often results in something thrillingly beautiful.
Here, the ride is smooth enough that you never quite feel the acceleration of the vehicle. Nevertheless, there's an undeniable satisfaction in becoming one with the forward momentum.
Spectrum Culture

Of course, Thunderstorm Warnings has enough excellence going for it that no matter how much growth they display, the record is still a delight to spend time with.

The Arts Desk

Overall, The Besnard Lakes Are The Last Of The Great Thunderstorm Warnings comes across like a hard rock, prog-inclined Mercury Rev. Idiosyncratic, oblique and suffocating.

Let's write a 15 seconds chord progression and make it repeat for 8 minutes, shall we?
If you listen carefully you can still hear the delay from the guitars fading away in the distance.

If anyone ever asks me for one hour of totally average indie rock music I will recommend this. I think they were going for "psychedelic post-rock" but ultimately the idea doesn't match what I hear. You can tell they strived to create something epic, but ultimately the vocals and instrumentals are too basic for it to be epic.

The track "new revolution" stands out as the sole exception to the lack of execution, as the chorus makes you wonder what could've ... read more
This album makes idk uhh me so sad! It's so depressing. The what uhh music is so sad (in my opinion). It uhh makes me sadder um than I was before I listen. what Who agrees?
The guitars uhh make loud noises adn they sound so good mmmm c*mming rn (brb). uhhh
Ok, I'm back. The vocalsa re cool lol they get a bit uhhh they are cool anyways uhhhh
That's about all! Thnaks forwatching. Make sure to uhhhh
Truly the dyslexic’s Barenaked Ladies.

The music? Granddaddy if they weren’t Lo-if?
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Track List

  1. Blackstrap
  2. Raindrops
  3. Christmas Can Wait
  4. Our Heads, Our Hearts on Fire Again
  5. Feuds With Guns
  6. The Dark Side of Paradise
  7. New Revolution
  8. The Father of Time Wakes Up
  9. The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings
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Added on: October 22, 2020