Amen & Goodbye

Yeasayer - Amen & Goodbye
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2016 Ratings: #436 / 877
User Score
Based on 83 ratings
2016 Ratings: #627
April 1, 2016 / Release Date
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Mute / Label
Psychedelic Pop / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit
Its hybrid of analogue and digital techniques have allowed Yeasayer to create their most enthralling and satisfying record to date.
A.V. Club

Amen & Goodbye feels carefully measured—when one instinct gets the upper hand, its equal-and-opposite pokes its head out. When things get too radio-ready, in comes a chorus of children or a short instrumental to rebalance the mood.

Drowned in Sound

Just go with it and this is great, a twisted, twisting fable that doesn’t care about logic or form so much as just moving ever onwards, rhythmically kinetic and sonically hyperactive, barely settling for fear of falling still.

Loud and Quiet
‘Amen & Goodbye’ is a heavyweight album. For those who mourn the scarcity of ‘credible’ pop, give thanks for Yeasayer.
This combining of the human-organic and the quirky-mechanical not only rewards repeat listens, but ultimately fascinates with warm alienation.
Yeasayer’s album is a brilliant, breathless, great big bundle of weird. It’s also their most innovative record to date.
The Guardian

The psychedelic references of Odd Blood remain – as do the pop melodies – but there is something that feels a bit otherwordly, and even slightly musty, about this album. That’s not a criticism: Yeasayer’s newly cloistered universe is peopled by moments of brilliant weirdness.


Amen & Goodbye is all over the place. A variety of instrumentation is littered throughout each song, which allows the listener to discover something new each time.

Under The Radar

Yeasayer, musically, tend to hang out basically just past that perimeter of approved scale and scope, and are alternately slapped and praised for their heady-but-earnest forays into psychedelic pop music. 

‘Amen & Goodbye’ is undoubtedly a strong return but also one that’s just a couple of tracks short of something genuinely great.

The band are far from fans of modern pop and their twisted take on the genre continues to beguile and enchant in equal measure, but the ideas never overwhelm their fourth album. As a result, their return sees them get back to something like their captivating best.

The 405

It's hard to decide if what Yeasayer have created with Amen & Goodbye is a case of pop genius, of if the result is a load of over the top, art-rock pretensions. It seems that whether Yeasayer are really the future sailors of experimental indie, still remains to be seen.

Consequence of Sound

Unfortunately, Amen & Goodbye largely works in the realms of humongous. There could well be a clear, concise thesis buried somewhere in all that business, but it’s very difficult to pick out amidst all the signifiers.


An ambitious psychedelic quasi-concept record that is refreshingly (sometimes bizarrely) out of step with current trends, occasionally baffling, but mostly unsuccessful.

Pretty Much Amazing

It feels disjointed and incomplete, which makes me wonder: Would Amen & Goodbye have been more successful as a five- or six-track EP? I don’t know. But probably.

The Skinny

Yeasayer constantly threaten to come out with a startling album; alas, Amen and Goodbye isn’t it.

Contains some of the band's lowest lows (Uma, Prophecy Gun), but the pop sensibilities laced throughout are undeniably some of their catchiest tunes. I dare you to not sing along to I Am Chemistry, Silly Me and Cold Night. Very little of their eccentricity was sacrificed for this too.
Originally, I rated this Yeasayer release pretty low. But, with my having listened to it now several times in a relaxed environment my opinion has substantially changed for the better. In all its psychedelic construct, the nuanced electronic coloring achieved through the application of older electronic gadgetry [Theremin, ARP Solina, Korg MS-20, et al] makes a welcome addition to the overall consistency of the album’s curiousness. There are times in this record that I find the music ... read more
♦ Clever Review en Youtube:

'Amen & Goodbye' es un disco pretencioso. Aunque sólo basta con ojear su portada y conocer el título para suponerlo. Sus composiciones mundanas y extravagantes apuntan alto, pero sólo consiguen ser simpáticas. Flojazo.

Canción favorita: 'Half Asleep'

Great production gives a refreshing twist to this catchy and weird album. I really love how they bring a lot of ideas to the table and make them of their own, the concept it's very clear and consistent. My problem is that, sadly, some of the tracks end up being annoying or simply don't work at all. In "Uma", I felt like my head was hitting a wall with that introduction, however, in "I Am Chemistry" the band gets versatile and smart incorporating a kids chorus and electric ... read more
Great record.
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#21/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. Daughters of Cain
  2. I Am Chemistry
  3. Silly Me
  4. Half Asleep
  5. Dead Sea Scrolls
  6. Prophecy Gun
  7. Computer Canticle 1
  8. Divine Simulacrum
  9. Child Prodigy
  10. Gerson's Whistle
  11. Uma
  12. Cold Night
  13. Amen & Goodbye
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