All My Friends Are Funeral Singers

Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Having developed their sound over six albums and finally tossed the carcass of previous band Red Red Meat, these super-sized ideas are Califone’s primest, most satisfying to date.
  2. Like Califone as a band, Singers is never boring but rarely excellent. It’s just entirely decent.
  3. If All My Friends Are Funeral Singers has said one thing at all to me, it’s that Califone merit further investigation, especially for someone who tends to write off ‘folk’ music. And if that doesn’t make it a success, then I don’t know what does.
  4. So yes, All My Friends Are Funeral Singers is just another Califone album, but it's also a reminder of just what a special thing that is.
  5. They are doing the same thing they always do, which entails gorgeous and gracefully surprising variations on a deeply resonant motif.
  6. Each song shows new facets of their sound.
  7. As with songs like "The Orchids" and "Spider's House," the continued confidence in slow, sleepy numbers, hinting more towards the ambient side of experimental folk, like the devastating "Krill" or the aforementioned "Evidence" suggests that as Rutili ages, his music will only grow in accessibility, relying less and less on the clatter of his youth. Songs like "Gauze" used to be austere nuggets buried in the noise, but these days, the noisy abstractions are, for the most part, the odd-man out.
  8. It's filled with engagingly warm-sounding tunes mating melodic accessibility with a winning lyrical evanescence powered by the same kind of poetic dream logic that's cropped up in Califone's concepts before.
  9. It is another well-made and executed Califone album, and it stays completely true to their concept. Consistency is underrated.
  10. Under The Radar
    80
    It is brilliant, conjuring stark, cinematic imagery via Rutli's off-kilter antiquated lyrical motifs, and a vintage instrumental aesthetic that's paradoxically forward-looking. [Falll 2009, p.57]
  11. Uncut
    80
    Their seventh album is the soundtrack to a full-length film made by singer Tim Rutili but comfortably works on its own, sounding genuinely unlike anyone else - every song contains a surprise, however minor. [Nov 2009, p. 83]
  12. Filter
    78
    Califone's first EP in 1998 may have been ahead of its time, and now, 11 years later, just might be the time when the band has truly grown into its own. [Fall 2009, p.94]
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 17, 2013
    7
    At the risk of sounding pretentious, this album is sublime - sharedsorrows.com. This is possibly their most refined and on-point project yet.At the risk of sounding pretentious, this album is sublime - sharedsorrows.com. This is possibly their most refined and on-point project yet. Like all Califone albums, it blows you away on the first listen, and only gets better with each successive listen. I've had it for about two weeks now and I'm finding it hard to tear myself away to listen to anything else.

    As luck would have it, they're coming through Missoula on Feb. 7. To hell with the Super Bowl, I get to see Califone!
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