The Antlers - Hospice
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2009 Ratings: #33 / 807
Year End Rank: #14
User Score
Based on 272 ratings
2009 Ratings: #8
March 3, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
The Antlers / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
antlersmusic.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
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. 

Jun 8, 2014
SiberianBreaks
68
The cover art makes you think that this is some regular indie album. And in reality, it is a very simple album with subpar recording, but you'll definitely find something poetic and beautiful if you dig deeper into the lyrics.

EDIT: I'm continuing to like this album less and less with each listen. It is a bit tacky for how melodramatic it is. I need to give this one a long, long break.

Favourite tracks: Sylvia, Bear, Epilogue
Jul 30, 2017
NR
Loses a few points for poor production. But besides that. It's perfect.
May 23, 2017
thethirdverse
63
SPEAK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mar 1, 2016
MarkCooper
69
Original Score: 86

I think this album is perfect for young people, with young people writing and lyrics. That doesn't take anything away from the power of this record, but it definitely doesn't carry the weight it did for me when I was 15.
May 1, 2015
scott96k
79
Man this is depressing...