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  • Summary: The fourth album for the Canadian pop-rock band was written while singer Nicholas Thorburn was recovering from a breakup in Los Angeles.
  • Record Label: Anti / Epitaph
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Feb 22, 2012
    80
    Thorburn anchors every note, every contribution with a personal outpouring of emotion and heartbreak, the likes of which we've never seen from him before.
  2. Feb 15, 2012
    79
    It's the most cohesive-- and, possibly, the out-and-out strongest-- Islands record yet.
  3. Feb 15, 2012
    76
    The album is a bit of a departure for Islands in sound and even more so in content, but rather than a misstep, A Sleep & A Forgetting fits neatly within the band's catalog.
  4. Feb 14, 2012
    70
    Anyone with a little distance from their own pain will find much to admire in the honesty and craft of the album.
  5. Mar 16, 2012
    60
    Asleep and a Forgetting is [mellifluous], only crankier and somehow more personal than anything previous, soaked in the moody nuances of laughter and forgetting, memory and momentary lapses of such. [No. 85, p.55]
  6. Feb 21, 2012
    60
    It gets a bit boring, a bit sleepy, and altogether, it's a bit forgettable.... But, you know? It sounds good doing it. That has to count for something.
  7. Feb 13, 2012
    50
    This is mildly composed, generally genial pop, with a few good hooks and ideas scattered throughout.

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  1. Apr 26, 2012
    6
    The fourth LP of Canadian indie rock Islands group has kept a lethargic mood which can clearly indicate the evocative name of album. We haveThe fourth LP of Canadian indie rock Islands group has kept a lethargic mood which can clearly indicate the evocative name of album. We have here a typical acoustic playing: "Oh Mary" or "Do I Love You" assisted with accents of electric guitars and gentle synthesizers. We'll also find little blues "No Crying" or reminiscent of indie rock ballad - "Cold Again", which does not mean that there wasn't more energetic compositions such as the Beatles styled "Never Go Solo" or "Hallways". Expand