The Antlers
Burst Apart


4.0
excellent

Review

by Rudy K. STAFF
May 8th, 2011 | 281 replies | 32,035 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Winter's over.

In an interview with Pitchfork this past January, Antlers frontman Peter Silberman related something Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchinson had told him about performing deeply personal material: “It’s the audience’s now. You’ll sing it to them, but they’re the ones singing it. You can let it go and give it to them.” It’s hard to imagine Silberman standing up night after night and going through Hospice’s litany of heartache, an album that was painful even for an uninterested listener, not to mention the guy who suffered through its creation. Hospice was the Antlers’ landmark record, but it was also like reading the darkest entry in Silberman’s diary, feeling more like his own bottled up, smothering anguish and less like the work of a band. In short, it was the kind of one-off masterpiece that can’t be repeated, and who would want to? Burst Apart, then, is the sound of Silberman letting go: “You can put it on and not feel like it [had] to be a severe emotional experience.” It also feels, in many ways, like the record the Antlers the band were always destined to make, one that feels much more the product of a groupthink that one man’s tortured relationship.

Hospice was the expunging of a sea of ugly feelings and thoughts that Silberman had to get off his chest, a lyrical bloodletting so painfully autobiographical even those with no knowledge of the album’s back story could instinctively feel. Burst Apart is the sound of a man at ease with that past, willing to let his bandmates grow with him and expand on their sound. The production is fuller, lush psychedelics competing with biting guitar riffs and cavernous drums, Silberman’s falsetto rising more often with joy than in sorrow. The record is looser, more at ease with itself; no longer are Silberman’s lyrics the main catharsis behind everything. The instruments do much of the heavy lifting here, painting a picture on opener “I Don’t Want Love” even more triumphant than the defiant lyrics (lyrics that gladly spit in the face of Hospice’s woe-is-me theme), all sparkling guitars and major key harmony. But while Silberman’s emergence as a songwriter who can occasionally be happy is notable, it’s the Antlers’ growth as a band that makes Burst Apart such a successful follow up. The lilting, minimal ambience of “Hounds;” the jazzy drumming and hazy atmospherics on “Rolled Together;” hell, “Parentheses’” hypnotic groove and jagged guitar riff sounds like the best song Radiohead forgot to put on OK Computer. It makes for a record that lacks the emotional artillery of Hospice but is the far more interesting beast sonically.

Many will criticize this album for not being the next Hospice. That would have been impossible, but to see the Antlers grow as they have on Burst Apart is heartening. Nowhere has Silberman’s falsetto sounded so strong and confident as on the experimental pop of “Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out,” or when he uses it as just another instrument on the ethereal “Hounds.” The band’s transition from the walls of sound in “Parentheses” and the almost trip-hop feel of “No Widows” to a softer, more rock-centric vignette in “Corsicana” would have seemed absolutely ridiculous in 2009. But it works, compensating for Silberman’s desire not to verbally cut himself with a mature sound that seems capable of going anywhere. It’s a happy medium, one that seems like it will fit the Antlers far better in the long term than Hospice’s once-in-a-lifetime journey. Lest you think the Antlers’ have become just another pleasant indie band, consider closer “Putting The Dog To Sleep,” a hauntingly beautiful track that speaks to the end of a relationship as good as any lyric Silberman has penned. “Well my trust in you / is a dog with a broken leg / tendons too torn to beg / for you to let me back in,” Silberman sings as a guitar heavy with reverb punches through the fog, ending with a line typically unsure: “Put your trust in me / I’m not gonna die alone / I don’t think so.” It’s a harkening back to the Antlers who won so many people over by being brutally open, but at the end of a record like Burst Apart it sounds like a band capable of so many things, confident in sharing joy and heartache equally. It’s an album you appreciate not because you have to, but because you want to.



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killrobotmusic
May 8th 2011



670 Comments


I'm pretty interested this, I'm glad they didn't try to write another Hospice because I don't think that would have worked at all.

klap
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2011



10001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

don't tell anyone but i like this more than hospice

Shrapnel94
May 8th 2011



2213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like it more as well. I can listen to it without sobbing.

cvlts
May 8th 2011



8917 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

don't tell anyone but i like this more than hospice

:-0

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Romulus
May 8th 2011



8373 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

love this review. album is so so good

i don't want to say i like this more than hospice but it essentially took away my desire to listen to it which is certainly impressive

jeremologyy
May 8th 2011



259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like this record a lot. not as much as Hospice, but a lot. in different ways, of course. glad to see at least SOME people like it.

qwer7yfreak
May 8th 2011



486 Comments


don't tell anyone but i like this more than hospice

*gasp!* I suppose I should check this out. I did like the tracks they released.

myhigherpie
May 8th 2011



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I just love this band a lot

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 8th 2011



23649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

excellent review, I agree with everything you said.

It also feels, in many ways, like the record the Antlers the band were always destined to
make, one that feels much more the product of a groupthink that one man’s tortured relationship.


exactly, I kind of think this is better than Hospice but my current rating's would disagree
(it's a 4.5). I've just been diggin the hell out of this lately.

"No Widows" sounds like the soundrack to a level from the old Donkey Kong games for Super Nintendo.
An underground level, like a mineshaft or some shit.

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PorkchopExpress
May 8th 2011



382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review. Love the last line. Though I disagree that this is better than Hospice, it's as good of a follow-up to that album as I could have possibly hoped for.

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Slum
May 9th 2011



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you wanna climb up the stairs, I want to push you back down

plane
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2011



6073 Comments


This review sold me. I didn't care for Hospice in the least but I liked what they were hinting at.

klap
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2011



10001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks lewis, i think you'd enjoy this

jcfiasco
May 9th 2011



465 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review man, can't wait to give this the ol' spinaroo. (Possibly the least appropriate way to refer to the listening of an Antlers record.)

Dummit
May 9th 2011



333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this about as much as I love Hospice, mainly because they didnt try to make Hospice again, but they still managed to make a badass album.

AggravatedYeti
May 9th 2011



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey rudy
great review

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 9th 2011



23649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I've been spinning this so much in the past week. This is my new car CD for pizza delivering. Yeah that's right I deliver pizza, COME AT ME

might bump this to a 4.5, it's growing on me like crazy

klap
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2011



10001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

what pizza aids

Kiran
Emeritus
May 9th 2011



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey rudy
great review

luschlotz
May 9th 2011



993 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excelent review, excelent album, my first exposure to The Antlers, gonna get Hospice NOW



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