The Antlers - Hospice
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Based on 20 reviews
2009 Ratings: #25 / 834
Year End Rank: #13
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Based on 369 ratings
2009 Ratings: #10
March 3, 2009 / Release Date
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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. 

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.
fakeplasticrose
83
I'm not... crying... Damn these onions are hard to cut.
nemgax
78
my therapist says I’m not allowed to listen to this anymore
thethirdverse
63
SPEAK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MarkCooper
58
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.
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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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