AOTY 2018
Mount Eerie - Now Only
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2018 Ratings: #35 / 707
User Score
Based on 366 ratings
2018 Ratings: #72
March 16, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
P.W. Elverum & Sun / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Loud and Quiet
Elverum has prolonged his wife’s echo with a universal collection of songs, powerful as any literature on the human experience.
100
Tiny Mix Tapes

The first time I listened to Now Only, it was raining and I cried for 10 minutes; after it ended, like a body after an exorcism, I felt lighter, and when I looked out of my window, into a black night, there were no crows or rainbows or signs, but inside of my room, inside of my body light gleamed.

91
A.V. Club

Now Only is just as devastatingly direct, but there are glimmers of catharsis—of light gleaming in tears, as Elverum puts it. Where Crow occupied a numb, purgatorial present tense, the new record leaps around like a wandering mind, to vivid anecdotes from the singer-songwriter’s past.

90
Exclaim!

There are only six tracks here, but they cover massive lyrical ground ... Combined with spare arrangements that highlight hypnotic acoustic strums, moody keys and even a some fuzz-drenched rock-outs, the result is an emotionally nuanced meditation on death that is both heartbreaking and hopeful.

90
Paste

If A Crow was an implosion, a recitation of the impact of Castrée’s death on Elverum’s soul, Now Only curls outward, picking up the pieces of the wreckage and, as he sings, “holding all your things, resisting the inevitable.”

90
Drowned in Sound

Like its predecessor, Now Only lays profoundly bare Elverum’s grief. But although it is often an excruciating listen, it also finds room to step, however briefly, outside of the agony that marked its predecessor, if just for long enough to suggest that Elverum is, somehow, beginning to find some relief in the unbearable.

86
Sputnikmusic

There's no great catharsis or climax here, naturally, but the songs are longer and more deliberately composed than A Crow Looked at Me.

85
Under The Radar
It's part two of a painfully vivid window into the grieving process, and like part one, it's brilliant.
85
Pitchfork

Now Only isn’t as easily categorized as its predecessor. These songs arrive with such urgency, such purpose, that it feels all-encompassing: part-memoir, part magnum opus.

85
The 405

... this album is still going to be about the loss of his love, but one that shows a bit of distance, a new perspective, and the healing power of music, which is explored throughout the album’s six tracks.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Many will see it as Crow Pt. 2, which is fair, and there’s no telling when or if Elverum will go back to spinning fantasies about the vastness of the universe. It’d be a stretch to say he’s doing better, but at least he’s figuring things out, and that’s a good sign.

80
AllMusic

While Elverum maintains A Crow Looked at Me's stripped-down, vérité style of singing and playing, his artistry is more apparent on Now Only.

80
musicOMH

A Crow Looked At Me sequentially chronicled the passage of time, from the raw immediacy of Castrée’s death happening to the record’s conclusion months later. But Elverum clearly still has more he wants to say and on Now Only, he’s created another outstanding, although sometimes almost unbearably bleak, album covering very similar territory.

80
The Independent

The masculinity-defying diffidence of Elverum's voice  couldn’t be more indie, but his words now add all the weight he needs.

80
No Ripcord

Just like Crow, there's a lot to take in. But Elverum remains unflinchingly committed to his art, where he begins to accept that there may be more to life than death, after all.

70
PopMatters

Now Only becomes a more downbeat album than A Crow Looked at Me and a less necessary one.

70
The Needle Drop

Phil Elverum's songwriting enters purposefully rambly territory on Now Only, a worthy epilogue to last year's A Crow Looked at Me.

65
Northern Transmissions
Though the words are unbelievably emotional and detailed, they can often feel like too much to some people. Along with this, the music becomes such an afterthought in many songs that the album feels monotonous.
60
The Guardian

Now Only is an album it’s hard to imagine anyone listening to for pleasure: it’s incredibly brave and hugely – understandably – self-indulgent. What it does, unequivocally, is tell the truth, albeit a profoundly uncomfortable one.

MySoftBulletin
87
This morning I awoke knowing I was going to attend the funeral of an old childhood friend of mine, someone who passed away far too early, a beautiful young man who was a blessing to have as a friend even for a brief time. I stood in my house getting dressed for this occasion with this album playing on my turntable, listening to Phil explain the pain I felt in such a stunning and impactful way. The music spoke to me in a way nothing else ever has, I felt a comfort in hearing these words. While ... read more
MarkCooper
84
It seems I'm in the minority here, but for me, this has way more playback value than A Crow Looked at Me
zachthesnack
80
Fuck dude, stop making me cry
BuffaloStaple
NR
To me this essentially reads as an extension of ACLAM but now with more nuanced and engaging instrumentals, every bit as powerfully sad in my opinion, it feels wrong to put a numerical score on art like this so i'll just leave by saying that this really touched me, definitely a highlight for me this year.
thomasuic
91
I want to discuss music writing with Mount Eerie, Weyes blood and Father John Misty in a bungalow in a music festival in Phoenix.
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Track List

  1. Tintin in Tibet
  2. Distortion
  3. Now Only
  4. Earth
  5. Two Paintings by Nikolai Astrup
  6. Crow, Pt. 2
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Added on: January 16, 2018