Mount Eerie   A Crow Looked At Me
3.9
excellent
Release Date: 2017
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4.5 superbNo joke names, please, or you will have a temporary ban | January 25th 17

An AOTY looked at me.

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2.0 poorSowingSeason STAFF | March 25th 17

I feel for this guy, but singing (or in this case, talking) about death does not automatically make a work profound or interesting. Nick Cave's record was essential because you could hear the devastation at every turn. Sufjan's was massive because it mastered the sound of modern indie folk. This could have just been a series of poems, and no effort is applied to make this into anything more than that. I understand the goal isn't for this to be an interesting listen for consumers, and it is a cathartic vessel for him or whatever, but there's absolutely nothing here of musical significance and he conveys absolutely nothing emotionally to transform this artistically; it's just someone lost and devastated with a guitar. A classic album that does not signify by default.

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0.0 Ain Soph Aur CONTRIBUTOR | January 25th 17

"Conceptual emptiness was cool to talk about, back before I knew my way around these hospitals."

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3.0 goodtransgoggle | March 20th 17

On a meta level, this album ups the ante on maximizing sincerity in musical expression, minimizing the barrier that is the compositional process, for this, as Phil puts it, is "barely music", it sounds like it might as well all be one-take too. In fact it's in such a direct, almost profane way of putting its sensitive (dunno how to put it but you know) subject, it's seriously discomforting at a level where i feel as though it's imposing a question on me, of whether i'm really sure i really want real authenticity in my music, to what degree at least. I'd say no, i'll take fetishism, stagecraft and artisanry tbqhwy. It's not formally uninteresting though, it's pretty much completely in Free Verse structure with the sparse music following suit dynamically. Phil's also really good with closing lines. (I'm not)

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4.0 excellentevery day ends with a Tums Festival | March 27th 17

"A classic album [...]" -SowingSeason (March 2017)

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5.0 classicTheManMachine | April 27th 17

To write it off as excessively sad-sack or musically flagging would be missing the point; and whether you're already familiar with Phil Elverum's work or he's simply a sympathetic stranger, this arrests and lingers and troubles your guts like few other albums do. A genuine-n-recent 38-year old widower with young daughter at his side, he candidly captures a morbid moment in time; their stark shift together into a cruel and changing world. And a mumbler he is no longer, hence the mentions of dust-filled jars+fridge pics replacing a palpable person and gifts from beyond the grave and transforming dying faces being more explicit than anyone should ever hope for. The result of course is so depressing it's damn near unenjoyable -- but its boldly raw bareness is painfully powerful and all-too-befitting given the sitch, not to mention stays far far away from any form of prettying up, uglying up, or melodrama. Over the top yet so not, mechanical-n-slight percussion cuz how could it not be, humble artist going from loneliness-as-cool-concept to loneliness-as-absurdly-fucked-reality: it feels haunted with zero special effects, makes you face mortality with no buffer of beaut. "Death is real", and so is this. And if you'll allow me some humor here, out of his broad discography this may be his most 'eerie' album yet -- his most important, too.

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2.0 poorI Am Saruman, The Multicoloured | April 14th 17

It reminds me of Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut". Not because this album has anything progressive in it, but because the concept is exactly the same. 1 hour of musical self-therapy, 14,99? for the ones who'd like to assist it. Probably a reedeming exercice for the artist itself, that should have remained secret, as it's a quite terrible attempt as an album.

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5.0 classicOldCrime | March 24th 17

So heavy. If you thought Skeleton Tree was heartbreaking, this will leave you with nothing left.

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4.5 superbaustin01142 | February 27th 17

I'm genuinely not emotionally ready for this album, and I don't think I've EVER said that from an album's pre-release songs. I just want to give Phil a big hug rHowever as someone who enjoys emotionally demolishing themself with the saddest music imaginable I can't help but be count down the days until this gets released

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4.0 excellentkinderfall1 | April 5th 17

The songs read like pages torn out of Elverum's tear-stained diary; a fact that makes the project feel less like a well-orchestrated emotional appeal and more like the strewn-together product of one man's grief. A Crow Looked At Me's thematic emphasis on the realness of death and its tangible influence on one's life makes for one of the most compelling releases of 2017. The music is too sleepy and too fleeting to stack up against Phil's most impacting releases, but it's not designed to. Rather, it is a nuanced, subtle, intimate, and reflective album that exists solely as the expression of an artist coping with his loss.

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4.0 excellentDIMS | April 2nd 17

sonically, there's nothing here that will make you want to comeback to it, and the same thing can obviously be sad about the content of the album, which is devastating and profoundly sad to say the least. however, this isn't the type of album you keep coming back to multiple timea, despite how good it is. it's an experience, it belongs to a moment during life, and you come back to that experience when you feel like tou should. 4

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0.0 rigma | March 20th 17

i went back to feel alone there...

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5.0 classicLyandr | January 25th 17

Oh boy. He can't even sing and play straight. This is going to be even more intimate than Dawn

PS: I don't like the cover though

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