When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired

Mothers - When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2016 Ratings: #54 / 760
User Score
Based on 125 ratings
2016 Ratings: #129
February 26, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Grand Jury / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Loud and Quiet

Self-doubt, anxiety, loneliness, heartbreak: Leschper shares her darkest thoughts without apology, and consequently transforms admissions of vulnerability into expressions of strength.

90
musicOMH

At the centre of all of this, always, are Leschper’s remarkable vocals: brittle and quivering at one moment, bold and unfaltering the next, with an occasional folkish twang of Joanna Newsom or Jessica Pratt.

83
Consequence of Sound

Like all impactful records, When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired elevates its words with sharp, aware, and plush instrumentation. 

80
The Guardian

The album’s unconventional non-linear structure recalls Joanna Newsom, with whose voice Leschper’s bears comparison. But Mothers are no tribute act.

80
DIY

Nothing is overstated or particularly complex but it’s in the little flairs of trickery, littered throughout each track that Mothers really come alive.

80
AllMusic

Consistent in character and quality, WYWALDYAT is a rare debut, one that impacts second to second rather than by hook or groove.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Given its weighty themes When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired could have been a gruelling listen, but the intelligence of the songwriting and Leschper’s almost observational detachment give the songs a universality that’s astonishingly good.

71
Pitchfork

Despite the agitation and raw nerves, the album feels like a therapeutic offering.

70
Exclaim!

With most songs in the five-and-a-half minute range, the musical arrangements — while consistently beautiful — aren't always as sonically engaging as Leschper's softly emotive vocals.

CheapandLethal
100
Amazing
nemgax
92
fits perfectly w my sad girl aesthetic
95
AOTY 2016.

This album is absolutely gorgeous. Each track has a different memorable guitar melody that carries each lengthy track beautifully, and the pained vocals contrast with these melodies so well.

This thing is a patient listen, but essential.
67
Sounds absolutely gorgeous, but the songs had something of a habit of extending beyond when they ran out of ideas and faded into the background as a result. Excellent background music; a bit more focus could make Mothers just as strong as foreground music as well.
Guigss
93
An indie rock classic and the best debut of this decade. Its impact lies both in Kristine Leschper´s lyrical voice and the harmonic way of how the band fits her. It´s a magic moment and Mothers knew how to grab it.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#36/musicOMH
#41/Consequence of Sound
#100/Rough Trade

Track List

  1. Too Small For Eyes
  2. It Hurts Until It Doesn't
  3. Copper Mines
  4. Nesting Behavior
  5. Lockjaw
  6. Blood-Letting
  7. Burden of Proof
  8. Hold Your Own Hand
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Added on: January 10, 2016