A Coliseum Complex Museum

The Besnard Lakes - A Coliseum Complex Museum
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2016 Ratings: #653 / 926
User Score
Based on 48 ratings
January 22, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jagjaguwar / Label
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The Skinny

Mystical and psychedelic, with a real knack for texture and detail in the midst of a big, blown-out prog adventure, this is an album best served whole.

The 405

It might not push their sound in the way that Until In Excess did, but when the harmonies glide, the chords wash over and the solos soar, it matters not one bit. This is music at its most intoxicating, its most expansive - put those headphones on and slip away.

NOW Magazine

A Coliseum Complex Museum sustains that out-of-body sensation for its entire length, over vast ecosystems of blissed-out noise that often recall the equal parts accessible and ear-splitting sound of early 90s shoegaze.


A Coliseum Complex Museum is further proof that the Besnard Lakes are a band with big ideas and real vision, and just as importantly, they have the talent and focus to makes those ideas into something worth hearing.

Drowned in Sound
This sonic gem doesn't stop at being a technical masterpiece: the band have sharpened their arrows compared with past albums and the songs are much more concise.
Under The Radar
The Besnard Lakes assemble their dense sound with craft, and by the time "Tungsten 4: The Refugee" closes the album with dueling guitar solos, you'll want to make a pilgrimage to Besnard Lake yourself.

A Coliseum Complex Museum, despite sporting yet another bonkers title, is a top effort that bolsters their burgeoning reputation, even if it doesn’t quite reach the highs of their very best.


A Coliseum Complex Museum is a somewhat predictable, though no less impeccably arranged, journey that exhibits the Besnard Lakes’ commitment to disciplined psychedelia.

After five albums, the Besnard Lakes don’t have many of those big surprises left in them. They still have galaxy-sized ambitions, but the galaxy they’re constructing is beginning to feel like a very small, overly familiar place.
The record can feel like it is lacking in standout tracks, mostly because the hooks are somewhat absent, meaning that things start feeling a bit same-y towards the back half of the record.
Consequence of Sound
The Montreal outfit sounds like they’ve run out of ideas and are starting to repeat their already expansive catalogue. If they don’t shake things up soon, Besnard Lakes may end with a whimper.
"La psicodélia tras unos días en el lago"

Review - Crítica

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A great band with a singular identity, which is almost impossible on the rock landscape today. But in this case, the lack of boldness to reinvent themselves is so clear that we are forced to return to their latest works to keep loving them.
Psychedelic space-rock thats easy on the ear but lacking some surprises. It's all gotten to comfortable and predictable for The Besnard Lakes. Record Not without its moments though.

Favorite Moments: Necronomicon, Nightingale.
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Track List

  1. The Bray Road Beast
  2. Golden Lion
  3. Pressure of Our Plans
  4. Towers Sent Her to Sheets of Sound
  5. The Plain Moon
  6. Necronomicon
  7. Nightingale
  8. Tungsten 4: The Refugee
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