A Church That Fits Our Needs - Lost in the Trees
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  1. Mar 22, 2012
    90
    Haunting as it may be, A Church That Fits Our Needs succeeds on nearly every level.
  2. It's definitely a taxing listen. But it's also one of the most cohesive and powerful records to come around in a long time, and it doesn't tire after multiple spins.
  3. Mar 20, 2012
    80
    Lost in the Trees rethink of the music of grief and catharsis, turning this album into a loving and lively wake without neglecting either the precariousness of life or the horrors of death.
  4. Apr 3, 2012
    80
    It's an exhausting listen, but what A Church That Fits Our Needs does so well is how it makes this loss palatable--the grief is real and heartfelt and sometimes overwhelming, but in its honesty and the warm instrumentation that Picker has mastered, it's thoughtful and all too easy to get lost in.
  5. Apr 10, 2012
    75
    A suite-like meditation that is emotionally expressive and impressively nuanced.[No. 86, p.55]
  6. 70
    Picker and the rest of Lost in the Trees have said plenty while also crafting a unique album that blends classical music with contemporary flair.
  7. Apr 5, 2012
    60
    A Church feels a little long, and getting through it requires a certain amount of emotional energy, but it's well worth the effort.

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  1. Mar 30, 2012
    10
    A beautiful, breathtaking, heartbreaking and masterful work of art. Every note, every word, every melody. Just perfect. As of right now, far and away the best album of the year. Expand
  2. Jul 22, 2012
    9
    Never heard of them before but somehow photography on a cover of it grabbed my attention...anyway turned out to be the most beautiful album I heard in 2012 so far. Expand
  3. Dec 21, 2012
    9
    What emotion in this album. Arrangements melodies, voice, everything is very high. One of the best albums I've heard in the history of pop music . Only tracks 4 and 8 are less developed regarding melodies. The other fly very high Expand
  4. Apr 10, 2012
    7
    I'm not a fan of so much orchestration, but I can sense the labor of love that has gone into this album. Altogether, I think it's a lovely album but I just wished it had one or two defining songs as Bon Iver's first album had "Skinny Love." Expand