The Antlers - Hospice
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Based on 20 reviews
2009 Ratings: #26 / 846
Year End Rank: #13
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2009 Ratings: #13
March 3, 2009 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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musicOMH

In a similar fashion to Bon Iver‘s For Emma, Forever Ago, Hospice succeeds by conveying deeply personal traumas as universally appreciable truths, until one man’s lonely, painful catharsis transmogrifies into something panoramic and shared by all.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Hospice is a work of rare beauty and a watershed moment in The Antlers’ career. 

70
AllMusic

It's a woe-heavy record that could easily be crushed by its own weight, except for the fact that it's delivered with such ease.

60
Clash

An ebbing and flowing symphony of tender vocals and shoegazing guitar washes, expressing the narrative tension with admirable empathy, punctuated by blasts of reverb drenched choruses. 

knewnie
92
ahh, Hospice. a certified /mu/ classic, if that means anything. it's a damn shame the whole internet music community and culture was created and spearheaded by one of the most violently bigoted and reprehensible hellholes on the face of the earth, isnt it? im glad as a whole people are beginning to move on from that community, they're having less influence on what people are enjoying and listening too. they still certainly have a large presence, that's undeniable, but it's in a far diminished ... read more
nemgax
78
my therapist says I’m not allowed to listen to this anymore
luna128
65
Beautiful, I had a grandmother who passed away when I was 15 from opiate-onset pancreatic cancer and this album taught me that I was not alone. Essential listen, even if it's not the greatest musically.
Supertartory
99
So I was writing a really long analysis of this album but then I guess I hit the word limit, so I'll put the full review in a pastebin link, sorry for that inconvenience but it's all I can do, unless someone can give me an alternative to use? If you can, read it as you would a regular review, and sorry again I need to use a third party to be able to publish it.

Link: https://pastebin.com/Mc8FpgED
Aoaystheory
93
Yeah, I cried.
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Track List

  1. Prologue
  2. Kettering
  3. Sylvia
  4. Atrophy
  5. Bear
  6. Thirteen
  7. Two
  8. Shiva
  9. Wake
  10. Epilogue

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