🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 The Antlers

Let’s hope this one doesn’t… …burst apart…

D’Angelo goes over 4:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Talk Talk 4.46
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Leonard Cohen 4.30
Pixies 4.30
Sparklehorse 4.29
Boards Of Canada 4.28
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
J Dilla 4.23
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Fugazi 4.21
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Bill Callahan 4.13
Minutemen 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Pavement 4.12
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Dinosaur Jr. 4.11
Jason Molina 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Nick Drake 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Les Savy Fav 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
D’Angelo 4.08
Slowdive 4.07
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Burial 4.07
Autechre 4.06
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Fuck Buttons 4.03
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
MF DOOM 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
Frightened Rabbit 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Robyn 3.96
Low 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
Built To Spill 3.94
Sigur Rós 3.93
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Depeche Mode 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Broadcast 3.92
Dusty Springfield 3.92
Arab Strap 3.91
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
The Twilight Sad 3.88
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Deftones 3.84
The Blue Nile 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Lou Reed 3.83
Guided By Voices 3.82
Underworld 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
The Jesus And Mary Chain 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Creedence Clearwater Revival 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Patti Smith 3.79
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
Young Fathers 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Spoon 3.76
Sparks 3.76
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The Walkmen 3.70
The Avalanches 3.69
The Wedding Present 3.69
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Neutral Milk Hotel 3.66
Soundgarden 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Cat Power 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Tricky 3.62
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
Hope Of The States 3.58
The Smiths 3.57
Sea Power 3.56
65daysofstatic 3.56
WHY? 3.56
Sunn O))) 3.55
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Mew 3.54
Flying Lotus 3.54
Charli XCX 3.53
Eels 3.52
Half Man Half Biscuit 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Mastodon 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Hold Steady 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
Wild Beasts 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
The Cribs 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Black Flag 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Shins 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Cooper Temple Clause 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
George Harrison 3.34
Paul McCartney 3.33
Iron & Wine 3.33
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Leftfield 3.32
Sepultura 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Misfits 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Richard Hawley 3.25
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
The Futureheads 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Motörhead 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Snoop Dogg 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Maxïmo Park 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
Nas 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
St. Vincent 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
T. Rex 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
HAIM 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
Wolf Alice 3.01
AC/DC 3.00
Frank Zappa 3.00
Duran Duran 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Art Brut 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Paramore 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Happy Mondays 2.86
Feeder 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
The Horrors 2.84
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
James 2.78
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Alanis Morissette 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
John Lennon 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Nelly Furtado 2.68
The Verve 2.67
Fatboy Slim 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
The Levellers 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
The Police 2.59
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
The Maccabees 2.52
Editors 2.51
Little Mix 2.49
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Linkin Park 2.41
Cher 2.40
N.E.R.D 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
The 1975 2.28
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
Ocean Colour Scene 2.26
Travis 2.25
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Phil Collins 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Jamiroquai 2.17
Panic! At The Disco 2.16
Counting Crows 2.13
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
Paul Weller 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Usher 2.08
Moby 2.06
Ringo Starr 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Korn 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Bryan Adams 2.00
The Libertines 1.99
Celine Dion 1.99
Fall Out Boy 1.96
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Eagles 1.86
McFly 1.85
Kaiser Chiefs 1.84
Limp Bizkit 1.82
The Spice Girls 1.81
Bruno Mars 1.79
Take That 1.76
Stereophonics 1.74
Busted 1.74
Razorlight 1.74
KISS 1.73
Morrissey 1.69
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

And today;

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  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
0 voters
  • Uprooted
  • In The Attic Of The Universe
  • Hospice
  • Burst Apart
  • Familiars
  • Green To Gold

0 voters

  • Bear
  • Two
  • Sylvia
  • I Don’t Want Love
  • No Widows
  • French Exit
  • Drift Drive
  • Palace
  • Hotel
  • Wheels Roll Home
  • It Is What It Is

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Oooh lovely. Was absolutely obsessed with them around Hospice/BA, one of the greatest 1-2s of the modern age for me. Devastating and beautiful both, love then lots

Haven’t been able to connect as much with the last two but there’s still magic knocking around. Very much a 5 for me though, mean(t) a lot to young tuna

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One great record (Burst Apart), but found them pretty bland otherwise.

3/5.

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Don’t trust people who prefer Hospice to Burst Apart tbh

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Ultimate concept album innit. The highs are higher than BA, it’s just so raw. Can barely listen to hospice though.

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I think that’s exactly it. Hospice has pretty much the most emotion heft of any album I’ve listened to, and I felt a bit disappointed in Burst Apart in comparison.

Great album, sure, but Hospice is pretty much perfect, and impossible to follow up.

Can’t really ever listen to Hospice, too difficult emotionally, but it’s a magnificent album.

Saw them do Hospice in full in an acoustic setting a few years back, and it was exactly as good as I’d hoped.

5 Likes

Thought Hospice was brilliant and hit me hard when it came out, was never that fussed by them after that

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The Antlers aka the band responsible for one of the most depressing albums ever recorded.

I give them a 4. Familiars and the album before Hospice don’t do it for me at all. On the other hand, Hospice, Burst Apart and Green to Gold are all excellent.

As pretty much everyone else has already said, Hospice and Burst Apart are both tremendous.

Familiars was a bit of a let down after those two but their last album was actually really good, if a bit samey in places.

I’ve always enjoyed this song from Peter Silberman’s solo album

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Just relistened to Hospice to make sure I wasn’t having a moment. Completely forgettable for me. Nowhere near as much personality as Burst Apart.

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Wonderful band.
Hospice is an all timer, just an astonishing album. Burst Apart is also excellent of course.
Have really enjoyed their last couple of albums, both leaning heavily on latter day Talk Talk. Pete Silberman’s solo album is lovely.
Was so looking forward to finally seeing them live this year, but unfortunately they cancelled their European tour.
Worth a 5 in my book for one of the finest catalogues of any contemporary artist.

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Like Hospice but never got into the rest

loved hospice (haven’t listened to it in ages right enough) but nothing else landed for me. found burst apart pretty disappointing.

They’re good. Burst Apart is an album I hated when it was released, but have decided now that it’s a classic. Hospice was a very very good listen when I liked the concept, but now as I’ve got older and more people in my life have died, it’s an artful bit of work that I can no longer listen to.

I liked Familiars at the time, if I remember right, but it’s a bit weak listening back now. Only just realised that there was a new album after this thread, so I’ll go and have a listen.

Pesonally, the release I go back to is Undersea. Really captured a vibe with that release, I think. Very impressive. Drift Drive is the most Blue Nile-ish a band has ever gotten.

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Great band

And Familiars is brilliant even tho people were horrible about it on release

And yeah the Undersea EP is quietly some of their best stuff

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Absolutely wonderful band. Always a little surprised at the regard in which Hospice is held beyond the following albums which I reckon are every bit as good (if not better). Familiars really grew on me, and their latest, whilst not quite up to the high standards of the previous ones, is still really lovely. Like a big, sad warm hug. 4

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Hospice is a 10/10 and Burst Apart 8/10. Didn’t rate the last two.

Think I like this as much as anything on Burst Apart, which it’s essentially a tribute to.

Never found them that great live unfortunately.

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I bought Hospice on a whim based entirely on a “if you enjoyed this, try this…” link on Amazon in the days before I had Spotify. And I was absolutely obsessed by it. The songs sound almost like nursery rhymes, but they have such a crushing weight behind it. I was fascinated by the story running through the album as well.

I remember DiS getting pretty excited by Burst Apart and initially it was a bit disappointing until it clicked, but when it did I couldn’t stop listening to it. That last song just kills me every time.

I thought that was it at the time, but was excited when I found out there were 2 other albums, but they never really grabbed me.
I also remember them as guest editors on DiS just as Familiars came out and got a fairly ordinary 6/10 and I don’t think they were all that impressed by it. But it was probably a fair score.

The only problem with Hospice and Burst Apart is that they leave me in bits every time - I find them extremely hard to listen to now. They aren’t exactly uplifting, and I’m finding myself emotionally a bit unable to cope with the thought of it. Not a complaint of the albums, but you’re not going to put them on to be uplifted are you?

I’ve gone for a 5 because of the impact they had on me at the time. If I ever feel strong enough I’ll go back to Hospice and Burst Apart and it’s nice to know they are there waiting for me. I’m probably more likely to go back to Familiars and see if I can finally crack it.

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