All This I Do For Glory

Colin Stetson - All This I Do For Glory
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Based on 14 reviews
2017 Ratings: #100 / 880
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Based on 114 ratings
2017 Ratings: #220
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Drowned in Sound

Colin Stetson is matchless, his record glorious, and you’ll likely never experience silence as dramatically as the moment when All This I do for Glory concludes.


The fact that Stetson can draw such varied sonic references together in one cohesive display of virtuosity makes him a national treasure.

Northern Transmissions
Despite the downer angle, Stetson’s latest is a total triumph. Bring on part two.

For those listeners ready to submit to the unrelenting, ‘off into the woods’ vision of an uncompromising artist operating at the peak of his powers, you’ll find a plethora of pleasures on this disc; even in his gnarliest, wilderness moments there’s always a goosebump payoff.

A.V. Club

Despite the extremely metal maximalism of his more famous trilogy, the lower-key nature of All This I Do For Glory allows him to open up his sonic palette, finding dense polyrhythms and (gasp) traditional melody in addition to the characteristically entrancing push and pull of his technique.


This set bears all the hallmarks of Stetson's artistic singularity -- athletic circular breathing, polytonal and harmonic exploration, focused composition, vocalizing from the horn -- all recorded live in-studio without overdubs or loops.

The 405

Throughout All This I Do For Glory, Stetson evokes wild and unpopulated landscapes, through which he traverses with long and heavy strides, fearless of the dangers that populate these regions, and he drags us with him.

Tiny Mix Tapes

All the tracks here sound like they could have been made with an arsenal of sequencers and rippling arpeggiators, but it’s all the sound of one man surfing the crests of a series of pulses.


It’s easy to get greedy with a fearless and inventive artist and hope they stay fearless and inventive forever. Glory instead settles into grooves and revisit territories.


Stetson has made eleven albums as a featured artist, either with collaborators or by himself. On his most recent, All This I Do For Glory, he is alone and produces some of the most intense expressions of his virtuosity.

The Needle Drop

Colin Stetson manages to pull new sounds and rhythms out of his sax on All This I Do For Glory.

The Skinny

There’s a pervading darkness over All This I Do for Glory that makes it a tricky listen at points.

It doesn't have as many career highs as his other works, nor can I find as much reason to replay it, but "All This I Do For Glory" is an album that showcases more avant-garde sounds and rhythms that he can pump out of his sax. His composotions still sound as gorgeous, chilling and enigmatic as ever.

Fav Tracks: The lure of mine, Spindrift, All this I do for glory, Between water and wind

Least Fav Track: In the clinches

Todo o álbum me faz sentir que estou a ser afogado ou de certa maneira imaginar um filme de alguém de afogar. Alguém que tal como os arpeggios aparecem e desaparecem nas águas, mas onde a emoção, o pânico, a claustrofobia, persistem.

Altamente intenso, poderoso e emotivo

Fav. Spindrift
Stellar vetaran saxophonist Colin Stetson returns with another powerful exploration of sounds and virtuosistic circular patterns on his new solo album, All This I Do For Glory. Despite being a bit less organic and abstract than some of his most celebrated releases, this record still holds an undeniably mystic quality to the many sounds incorporated by Stetson in his lenghty compositions, and the whole ends up as transcendental and evocative as he's ever sounded. A magical, cold and ... read more
The drums on this record are fantastic and provide a nice ground for all of Stetson's unique soundscapes.

Best Track: All this I do for glory
Worst Track: Spindrift
Okay, this is where musical knowledge is crucial. If I had just heard this album, I would have thought, “Fine, a bunch of synthesizers and digitally-created sounds placed together, or else a small band, each working their own instrument.” To find out that every sound is created at one time by one person, using a multi-reed instrument (a saxophone, bassoon, or some derivation) is amazing (YouTube: Colin Stetson breaks down “Judges”). Seeing how he created the sounds ... read more
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Year End Lists

#6/Norman Records
#32/Drowned in Sound

Track List

  1. All this I do for glory
  2. Like Wolves On the Fold
  3. Between Water and Wind
  4. Spindrift
  5. In the Clinches
  6. The Lure of the Mine
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Added on: February 15, 2017