How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars

The Weather Station - How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2022 Ratings: #113 / 330
User Score
Based on 256 ratings
2022 Ratings: #321
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Uncut

Soft, stunning set of unmoored ballads.

90
The Young Folks

Through ambiguous lyrics and soothing falsettos, How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars is a solid album worth praise.

83
A.V. Club

Given the deeply vulnerable quality of all the tracks on How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars ... Lindeman’s instincts to allow them to breathe—recording them as simply as possible in an improvisational way—reveals a different facet of her songcraft, one that’s just as accomplished as the arguably more accessible sound of Ignorance.

80
Mojo

Without drums or percussion, Tamara Lindeman's voice and piano set the vigilant, wondering tone; clarinet, saxophone and flute allow subtle fluctuations in light and heat.

80
NME
Tamara Lindeman’s "companion" record to 2021’s ‘Ignorance’ is a softer, more instinctive album of ballads that interacts with its predecessor, while saying something new.
80
Exclaim!
By design, these songs are understated but Lindeman's voice is so strong and incredibly beautiful that what she gives you is fulsome.
80
musicOMH

Tamara Lindeman’s follow-up to Ignorance can be enjoyed with or without the contextual groundwork of its sister album, for it contains fantastic songs.

80
AllMusic

A worthy follow-up to Ignorance and an accomplished work in its own right, How Is It That I Should Look at the Stars makes the most of Lindeman's softly insightful powers.

80
PopMatters

On the companion piece to last year’s Ignorance, the Weather Station creates a piano-based record just as existentially anxious but anchored by quietude.

80
Pitchfork

Performed almost entirely at the piano, the follow-up to Tamara Lindeman’s 2021 breakthrough Ignorance raises dizzying questions with sensitivity and quiet hope.

80
Beats Per Minute

While much of Lindeman’s recent work spotlights her knack for lush arrangements and declarative statements, How Is It That I Should Look at the Stars accentuates her nuanced artistry, including her gift for vocal and sonic restraint and lyrical precision.

76
Northern Transmissions

If you’re a fan of Tamara and The Weather Station, I think that you’ll thrill at this album’s rawness. If you’re not a fan yet, this isn’t the album to start getting to know the music.

70
The Line of Best Fit

As opposed to the rich, twisted dreamscape of Ignorance, Stars is a record of dense and oblique beauty. While one could hide from the bleak truths of Ignorance in it’s dazzling sounds, no such thing is possible here. This makes for a far more intense and challenging listening experience.

65
Spectrum Culture

The problem with See the Stars is that Lindeman’s lyrics are the only thing that really holds one’s attention throughout. If you were presented with the album, and told it wasn’t an album at all, but rather a collection of piano-centric variations on songs that would exist in a more fleshed-out form elsewhere, it would be ridiculously easy to believe it.

60
American Songwriter
The hushed, intricately recorded audio makes the listener feel like the clichéd fly-on-the-wall as Lindeman and her band play music as if no one is around and the tapes aren’t running.
60
The Observer

These songs about love and existential sorrow feel purposely airy and unanchored – there’s no percussion – mirroring the psychological freefall of recent times.

VideoBoy
55

This album is not necessarily bad. It just commits one of the biggest sins in music: it is incredibly boring.

Louis13
73

This is apparently a 'companion' album to 2021's excellent 'Ignorance' and that was my first impression too. Unfortunately, it mostly resembles the weaker, forgettable percussion-less second half of 'Ignorance' (the second half here is also lacklustre in my opinion). In particular, 'Marsh' is a pretty poor opener, especially compared to last year's 'Robber'. At least lead single 'Endless Time' has grown on me to become my favourite on the album.

Favourite Tracks: Endless Time*, Taught, ... read more

NoOffenseBut
65

Stunning, intimate, and heartfelt, but perhaps a little too laid back instrumentally and lacking variety as a whole.

S1rBrooks
90

The kind of music that's so beautiful and so liberated you can never quite pin down any of it.

CheapandLethal
50

Very uninspired

70

A companion piece to the last year's album. If you like Ignorance, you will probably find some interesting tracks here.

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Track List

1Marsh
4:30
64
2Endless Time
4:20
68
3Taught
2:50
68
4Ignorance
2:30
75
5To Talk About
3:47
66
6Stars
3:33
60
7Song
2:05
66
8Sway
2:45
65
9Sleight of Hand
3:01
67
10Loving You
2:50
68
Total Length: 32 minutes
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Added on: January 25, 2022