Collections From The Whiteout

Ben Howard - Collections From The Whiteout
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2021 Ratings: #317 / 427
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Based on 128 ratings
2021 Ratings: #245
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Northern Transmissions

Thankfully he pursued a path less trodden to produce an astounding album and arguably the best of his career to date.


Here, he delivers another strange and beautiful record, retooling his soporific folk sound with synths and experimental soundscapes.


‘Collections From The Whiteout’ is another example of Howard’s determination to take his own path. Subtle rather than obvious, often quiet and textured while others would reach for the lazy and anthemic, there’s an intimacy that’s at the very least charming, often quite special.


Melancholy, meticulous and achingly grand, it extends his artistic narrative in resplendent form.

The Independent

Instead of a too-many-cooks situation, which this easily could’ve been, Dessner and Howard find cozy nooks for everyone. The singer’s reedy voice is the drawstring that ties it all together.

Evening Standard

There’s much to unpack, and loads going on in the corners when you creep closer to the speakers. There’s also a lot of beauty ... With a bit of help, Howard has finally found a balance that could please everyone.


A compelling mixture of progressive folk and electronica that is weird, and complex enough for long time fans but captivating and welcoming for new listeners who want to discover an otherworldly sound.

Beats Per Minute

It’s ultimately compelling, even as it takes time to properly unpack, but that is part of why Ben’s music is appealing and more importantly – affecting.

The Line of Best Fit

The album as a whole is a sure-fire sonic adventure. Allowing creativity to take the reins, Howard has reinvented himself with his latest instalment through a blend of storytelling and evocative sonic fillers.


Whiteout doesn’t always sound like a revelation, but it allows Howard to open up, letting in new lyrical and musical ideas that complement his own without overwhelming them.


More rewarding than meandering 2018 album ‘Noonday Dream’ yet not as piercing as 2014’s ‘I Forget Where We Are’, Ben Howard’s fourth record sees the artist move beyond his usual methods and proves, if anything, that he has too many good ideas to stay focused.

Record Collector

Production by The National's Aaron Dessner ensures that the spacious arrangements gleam, but there's not enough grain or purpose there to get a fix on, Howard too immersed in his half-awake interior journey to fully engage.

There’s certainly a lot to take in on Ben Howard’s fourth album – not all the ideas work in fairness, and there’s a few too many moments which feel like half-sketched ideas.

More often than not, it seems like the Technicolor electronic sheen is masking tepid songwriting.

With instrumentals surreal, at times intense, Ben Howard has crafted yet another challenging record on the back of Noonday Dream; this time with a little more elegance. Howard comes out of his restrained Noonday Dream effort released, vocally, but the sonic direction has evolved.

It's on tracks like Metaphysical Cantantions that Howard's calming melodies combine with a busy, bustling instrumental to craft a snapshot, a moment that you exist in through the run-time. It's a theme that runs ... read more
Fuck Xiu Xiu and DFA, THIS is the album I was looking forward to listening to today.

Ben Howard's an interesting figure within the music industry. His career started during a time where male folk singers all of a sudden were achieving huge mainstream success. But while characters like Ed Sheeran and Passenger were content with putting out overly cheery and gimmicky approaches to their music, the very airy and atmospheric nature of Howards' music put him in a league of his own. Receiving pretty ... read more
"Truth cannot make a person unkind, or too self-assured; the manifestations of truth telling are humility and simplicity."

Leo Tolstoy

Subtle, close, tender, and quiet
The mixtape vibe to this collection of varied and short length tracks seems timely, a Covid comp to believe in.
Ben Howard - Collections from the Whiteout

Genre: Singer Songwriter
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 66% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 81th / 306

Highlight: Far Out

Made me think of:
Father John Misty
Bon Iver
Damien Rice
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Track List

  1. Follies Fixture
  2. What A Day
  3. Crowhurst’s Meme
  4. Finders Keepers
  5. Far Out
  6. Rookery
  7. You Have Your Way
  8. Sage That She Was Burning
  9. Sorry Kid
  10. Unfurling
  11. Metaphysical Cantations
  12. Make Arrangements
  13. The Strange Last Flight Of Richard Russell
  14. Buzzard
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Added on: January 26, 2021