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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 18, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frenchkiss
  • ASIN: B002GYKTW2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the best albums of the year, If not decade.
none-of-the-above
All in all, this album is simply powerful, beautiful, poignant, emotionally gripping and a post-modern masterpiece.
Bezdomny
It's a joy to listen to, and a heartbreaker at the same time.
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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Bezdomny on January 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Thinking about this album, the term Lo-fi (regardless of the new subgenre it now refers to) would imply lower sound quality (as a result of cheaper equipment used during production) or at the very least a stripped down sound without a great deal of multitracking. However, the use of low end synths, circuit bending, etc. has redefined Lo-fi (somewhat ironically.) Ironic because an album such as Hospice, which is a veritable sonic masterpiece, is associated with a term that evokes the static crackle of an old Lead Belly record. I am assuming that the digital wash which underpins certain tracks or the sustained, modulating notes which weave their way around the refrains and punctuate the intermissions conjure this connection. Make no mistake however; the clarity of sound is amazing. This is certainly an aural pièce de résistance which justifies the existence of 500 dollar headphones (almost.)

Upon listening to this album, one might be reminded of certain moments from Kid A, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Brian Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets, along with elements of shoegaze and post-rock which are used sparingly and to great effect. However, this album is far from being a pastiche of the previously mentioned albums or musical approaches. In fact, holistically it doesn't necessarily sound like any one of them though if one were to deconstruct Hospice, certain elements of the previously mentioned albums would be present. And by using post rock/shoegaze as a tool instead of as a template, they brilliantly avoid some of the pitfalls for those respective genres. Thus, instead of being a 70 minute album with 5 songs, Hospice is ultimately a great pop album with excellent song craft which is woven within a shoegaze tapestry.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Matt Jacobs on February 1, 2010
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I tend not to get too emotionally affected by music, mostly because I usually ignore lyrics unless they're especially clever, and well, a lot of musicians don't try that hard. But it's difficult to pay attention to Hospice at all and not get hit by it. It figures that only a couple weeks after I wrote a "best of 2009" list which featured nothing that made a huge impact on me, I'd hear an album as gripping as anything in recent memory. The music itself is only part of the equation, and you can't talk about Hospice without mentioning its origins. From what I can tell it's more or less the true story of the singer falling in love with a terminal bone cancer patient at the hospital where he worked. You can probably guess how well that works out.

Despite the simple honesty of the lyrics, they never really hit you over the head with the message, and it's easy to ignore the content if you just want to hear a nice mix of shoegazing post-rock and indie folkiness (why isn't this a more popular combination?), though if you do you're not giving it a fair chance to do everything it can. Some people probably wouldn't want to hear an album that would only depress the hell out of them, and that's fine. But it's one of the more powerful listening experiences I've had in a while.

Despite the sorrow of the words and the sincerity with which they're sung, it wouldn't work if the music was bad, and fortunately it's not. There's a fair amount of time spent without much happening beyond ambient noise, and it's difficult to love every moment when it feels like you're being pulled out of the flow a bit. There's a push and pull with the general sound as it goes between a strumming guitar and louder noise elements, and it could have gotten bogged down in its own seriousness.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Alisa McCune on January 3, 2010
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I had a stroke this past June. When I listen to this album it moves me to tears. I cannot get the music out of my head. I am just blown away. I am moved to tears. Feeling hopeless and alone in a hospital is a horrid thing.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By S. Barr on August 25, 2009
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More than deserving of a 5/5. I literally give this album a 100%

This is a truly emotional and beautiful album. It seems to be a concept album, circling around someone's stay & ultimate death in a hospital. (Perhaps an abortion) &it really communicates all the emotion that comes along with that. Beautiful melodies and vocals that always seem heavy with sorrow, but just enough noise to express the helplessness and rage one would feel at someone's hospital bed.

Wake is the most beautiful song I've heard in a long time.

God, my words don't do this album justice. Just get it. You will be happy and sad and in awe and f***ing blown away.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Petersen on December 16, 2009
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Wow. It's taken me three days and many riveted listens to figure out how to write this review. Those who've compared this to Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea aren't that far off and fans of NMH will fall in love with this one instantly.

But the most accurate comparison I can make is to Lou Reed's Berlin. Both deal with brutally raw subject matter. The lyrics of both suck you into into the most intimate details of another's life (by the way, you can find them for this album at [...]) and death. Both have simple haunting melodies at their core. Add in deep emotionally delivered vocals and you have album length single pieces of roller-coaster manic-depressive music that, if you have the open mind and strength to really listen to, you will never forget.

There are only a few albums that play with my emotions like this (and I love every second of it). Roger Water's The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking and Radiohead's The Bends are two that come to mind and were I more clever I am sure I could have figured out how to tie them into this review in a more meaningful way.

Don't expect alternative rock. Don't expect indy pop. Don't expect lo-fi.

Do yourself a favor: find art.
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