And Their Refinement Of The Decline

Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement Of The Decline
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Based on 10 reviews
2007 Ratings: #3 / 682
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Based on 194 ratings
2007 Ratings: #12
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This was one of the most beautiful albums I've ever listened to. I've been listening to a lot of drone albums recently, one of them being one of my favourite albums from this year, but the biggest problem I had is they just drag on for too long, and start to bore me. So, to not let the length ruin my experience with this album, I decided to listen to 1 disc at a time. The discs were still pretty long, I would say both discs being about an hour-long, but if I had to choose between listening to ... read more
Although i do prefer The Tired Sounds, the follow up And Their Refinement of the Decline is an excellent follow up building upon that calming soothing soundscape for 2 hours of ambient bliss containing some of my fav track especially A Meaningful Moment Through a Meaning(less) process always hits too close to home for some strange reason but it comes off as warm almost peaceful, 2 hours of nothing but bliss of the sweet ambient.

Track Review

Dungtitled (In A Major) 10/10
Articulate ... read more
I'm taking a short break from Backlog Cleaning to review my favorite album of all time for my 100th review. 100th review, a "100" score -- it all works out.

The day after I got into another one of my favorite albums of all time, 2011's "A Winged Victory for the Sullen" (see review linked down below), it was another lone study night, but one that had me busy for a different reason - this time I was absolutely searching and reaching for an album better than it. ... read more
Unlike most halcyonic ambient releases that aim for the stars, "And Their Refinement" feels comfortably grounded. Thanks in no part to the overabundance of trumpets and flugelhorns, bringing to mind the mournful rituals of western military memorials.
This doesnt play like a zen album (at least not to me). Its roots are deeply nested in longing and sadness. Every building block - from the choirs, to the cellos, to the harp - sprouting from that melancholic origin.
One of the best ambient albums ever made imho.
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Track List

Disc 1

  1. Dungtitled (In A Major)
  2. Articulate Silences Part 1
  3. Articulate Silences Part 2
  4. The Evil That Never Arrived
  5. Apreludes (In C Sharp Major)
  6. Don't Bother They're Here
  7. Dopamine Clouds Over Craven Cottage
  8. Even If You're Never Awake (Deuxième)
  9. Even (Out) +
  10. A Meaningful Moment Through a Meaning(less) Process

Disc 2

  1. Another Ballad for Heavy Lids
  2. The Daughters of Quiet Minds
  3. Hiberner Toujours
  4. That Finger on Your Temple Is the Barrel of My Raygun
  5. Humectez La Mouture
  6. Tippy's Demise
  7. The Mouthchew
  8. December Hunting for Vegetarian Fuckface
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