Stars of the Lid   And Their Refinement Of The Decline
4.3 Ranking: #25 for 2007
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4.5 superbpoopwrangler | February 22nd 09

Cradles me when I go to sleep. Also cooks breakfast in the morning and goes to the grocery for you. Fucking epic.

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5.0 classicBrandon E.L. Magnuson | January 27th 10

Incredibly dense with such organic, raw beauty - to understand the sound of the minimalist gods, Stars Of The Lid is a privilege and to fall in love with it is, angelic, in lack of a better term. It is not that this is so full of pretense, that only the "elite" can follow it, infact it is quite the opposite. Everything is so beautifully guileless - there are no masturbatory guitar solos or hollow hooks making sure the listener can sing along. Its more that like the music is your sleep, leaving you free to dream and your brain to wander. And Their Refinement Of The Decline is the modern classical masterpiece that Stars Of The Lid have been striving to make for their entire critically acclaimed and celebrated career. From the dreary horns of the opener Dungtitled (in A Major) to the elegant piano strokes in Humectez La Mouture, from the distant and stunning composition A Meaningful Moment Through a Meaning(less) Process to the breathtaking cresendoing string arrangement in, maybe their most mesmerizng track, Tippy's Demise, SOTL have created a rest for your weary eyes and an inspiring soundtrack for your starving mind.

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5.0 classicLa Revolucion | June 27th 07

So this album is basically a collection of tones that fade in and out, and a lot of silence and near silence. Also, the tones are made by real instruments, like violins and horns, as well as electronic instruments like keyboards and synthesizers. Also, it is the most beautiful thing I have ever heard. Also, the production is absolutely fantastic in allowing the instruments to have a free and uncluttered sound with lots of space between them. Also, they name their songs things like "December Hunting For Vegetarian Fu[b][/b]ckface." Also, it is the best album of 2007, and probably one of my favorites of all time. Alright that's all.

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5.0 classicStaker | November 25th 10

Ambient tracks you can really get into. Truly beautiful, very long, wonderful detail. All the ambience you could ever need.

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5.0 classicCam EMERITUS | February 6th 09

A two-hour monster that never bores and easily outclasses anything else this Texan two-piece has ever attempted and created before. This is far-reaching ambient/drone that never bores, not even during the seventeen-minute "December Hunting for Vegetarian Fuckface", which is also the greatest song title ever. TRUFF

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4.5 superbRyan Flatley EMERITUS | April 23rd 08

Stars of the Lid produced a soundtrack of elegance. 'And Their Refinement Of The Decline' is a breathtaking, beautiful journey through ambient landscapes all packed within a double disc album. The overall atmosphere is nothing short of incredible. Whether it is the soft, brood cello tones in "Tippy's Demise" or the haunting piano strokes in "Humectez La Mouture," the mood is captured in a flash of brilliance. 'And Their Refinement Of The Decline' is intriguing, lush, captivating, and most importantly, unforgettable.

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1.0 awfulRiviere | October 3rd 13

Insomnia be gone.

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4.5 superbBob Vance, Vance Refrigeration | June 6th 11

fucking volume swells m/

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5.0 classicAndrew Walker | January 7th 11

Eerily fantastic. This album has put me to sleep almost every night my brain just could handle all the bullshit of everyday life. If I was stressed, I would put this album on and just listen. The smooth, haunting sounds would eventually put me to sleep.

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4.5 superbEmmanuel G. | May 20th 10

I normally hate almost every type of "minimal" music , but I don't know, this album has just make it for me The textures, soundscapes and instrumentation maybe helped the thing..

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0.0 rasputin | November 2nd 09

Subtle texturing prevails; where a slight dip in profundity may leave a little to be desired, And Their Refinement of the Decline is a remarkably gentle and soothing composition, one which turns the record into the infinitely deep cushion your mind will come to rely on.

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