The Meadowlands

The Wrens - The Meadowlands
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2003 Ratings: #1 / 293
User Score
Based on 153 ratings
2003 Ratings: #28
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verniers
94

why are so many of the albums i'm listening to like a 94 LMAOOOOOO

SonicDiscovery
94

Having just listening to Observatory by Aeon Station, it made me really curious to what the Wrens were all about and looking into them, the obvious album to check out was their third and last album to date 2003’s The Meadowlands. It’s pretty crazy that these are the same members cause this album sounds a lot more emo leaning and thicker with more expansive instrumentals. I’m sure a big part of this is the inclusion of Charles Bissell, who takes lead vocals on more than half ... read more

daFigz
NR

Lots of critics lost their freakin' minds over this Wrens album. If you get past the first couple of tracks, the tempo picks up and begins to behave like a bonafide Indie Rock album. Oddly the Bezos subscribers ranked the 1st three tracks as the album best, [Perplexed look] [Tugs on ponytail while considering whether or not to "man-knot it] [Grins] 137 of you AOTYers have offered up your scores and rants. Yay. Snobby Pitchfork gives 'The Meadowlands' a 95! Wowzers. I own it. Do you own it? ... read more

SonicDiscovery
94

Having just listening to Observatory by Aeon Station, it made me really curious to what the Wrens were all about and looking into them, the obvious album to check out was their third and last album to date 2003’s The Meadowlands. It’s pretty crazy that these are the same members cause this album sounds a lot more emo leaning and thicker with more expansive instrumentals. I’m sure a big part of this is the inclusion of Charles Bissell, who takes lead vocals on more than half ... read more

QueenOfDenmark
82

Mixing is a bit of a mess on this one (‘what bass?’), and it’s not so straightforward as saying that more melodic, structured songs are better or worse than before. (The band is certainly evolved from its beautiful, ramshackle thrashing on albums 1 and 2.)

I think, ultimately, the cohesion probably *is* better; there’s a heightened lyrical focus and a more consistent mood on this album, which is given greater clarity by more conventionally structured songs. A grower ... read more

Lucmun
100

I have strongly favoured more introspective and consequently melancholic works as I've gotten older. Records that relate the distinctly human and the uncertain through melodies that I would preferably call lovely, and The Meadowlands is it. The Wrens' final bow deserves to be in the conversation of the most perfect encapsulation of melancholia captured over the last twenty years, carried by some of the most heartwrenching yet comforting and approachable music ever put to tape. An eternal top ... read more

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Track List

  1. The House That Guilt Built
  2. Happy
  3. She Sends Kisses
  4. This Boy is Exhausted
  5. Hopeless
  6. Faster Gun
  7. Thirteen Grand
  8. Boys, You Won't
  9. Ex-Girl Collection
  10. Per Second Second
  11. Everyone Choose Sides
  12. 13 Months in 6 Minutes
  13. This is Not What You Had Planned

Year End Lists

#18/Pitchfork
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