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But I find it more enjoyable. This is an album that can be listened to more consistently than Hospice. At times Hospice sounded forced, jarring, even "arty", whereas Bust Apart is effortless and beautiful. It works equally well as background music and as intense-listening music. I realize many people care about Hospice a lot and that may be the problem here. If the release order of the albums were reversed I imagine that some would view the earlier Hospice as a misguided attempt at originality. Time will tell, but my guess is that, between the two, Burst Apart is the timeless one.
Burst Apart mines some of the same emotional space as Hospice, but it pushes past the pervasive sorrow of that album and trends into warmer waters. Opener "I Don't Want Love" is a lush, looping pop gem whose warm sounds bely the cold message. Elsewhere, living up to the Radiohead comparisons, "Parantheses" and "Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out" work within some of that band's atonal pop universe, pairing chiming guitars with breathy falsetto for a sort of patented sound. Burst Apart is ten very solid songs with some strange pacing. The jump from "Parantheses" to "No Widows" is jarring and poorly conceived, given the flawless listing and pacing of Hospice.
All in all, Burst Apart is a very solid effort from a band struggling to live up to the massive hype generated by its breakout album, and it is largely successful at meeting the expectations of a hungry fanbase. Not every that loved Hospice will love this record, but many more that didn't dig Hospice all that hard should be heavy into Burst Apart.
Ok, a title like `I Don't Want Love' doesn't particularly sound upbeat. Peter Silberman' falsetto voice is however much more clear and stretched and really shows the big steps they made into a much more professional band.
The keyboards are a little more 80ish and the drums slightly muffled but still the songs make you listen intensely so you cannot but get overwhelmed and get in a trance induced by the layers of keyboards, guitars and Silberman's hovering high voice. A good example of this is the dubby `Parantheses' or the hypnothic `Rolled Together'.
"Burst Apart" has less layers of sound than "Hospice", it has less to hide. The final two songs are for Antlers standards quite clear. The overall quality of the songs remains high but never reaches the heights of "Hospice". But this wasn't to be suspected and cannot be a blemish on the Antler's body of work, if anything they show they remain a quality indie band who will give us much more unique stuff.
While every song is delicious to the ears and stands well on its own, the album's strongest point is the "Parentheses"-"No Widows"-"Rolled Together" run (tracks 3, 4, and 5 respectively). With "Parentheses," the album takes a darker turn with a more pronounced electric guitar center. From here, the listener is taken into a 5+ minute drug-like state of circular beats and repetitive soft howling in "No Widows." Concluding this tri-song run is "Rolled Together," which combines Silberman's soft howls with layered vocals resembling a deserted beach campfire sing-a-along.
With its 11 tracks, the album clocks in at just under 42 minutes. So grab your MP3 player, your favorite ear buds, find a clear starry night, and be prepared to be transported.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a wonderful album. Beautiful sounds layered to make a rich sound. And those vocals. Gorgeous. I am in love.Published 13 months ago by Ashlee Redig
Nothing will ever be Hospice, but this is an excellent album. Too many great tracks to mention.Published 13 months ago by RYAN WOLFE
Burst Apart, though definitely not as dark and lyrically profound as Hospice, did not at all disappoint. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sadie
Good album, easy to listen to. Good background and/or party music.Published 20 months ago by William B. London
Their best album in my opinion. Everyone seems to like Hospice the best, but not me!Published 23 months ago by Machiventa