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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 80 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 67 out of 80
  2. Negative: 7 out of 80

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  1. JaddyP
    May 26, 2007
    4
    There is nothing like a winning formula for a band and that is what EITS had for a long time. There guitar heavy post rock was leading for a while in a genre that is essencially past its peak. However on this album it sounds dated and over used and the band would be much better off forcing their musical minds in different directions to keep things a little fresh instead of stale as this There is nothing like a winning formula for a band and that is what EITS had for a long time. There guitar heavy post rock was leading for a while in a genre that is essencially past its peak. However on this album it sounds dated and over used and the band would be much better off forcing their musical minds in different directions to keep things a little fresh instead of stale as this sound has become!! Lets hope they do this on the next outing!! Expand
  2. Dan
    Feb 19, 2007
    4
    This is a dissapointment. Their second album was great, but the next one just ripped off lullabyes and nursery rhymes. This one falls in the middle, but more often, sounds boring and unadventurous. Even when it crescendos, you feel embarrassed for them. I mean, this is the 21st century, and from their songwriting, you'd think they missed the 20th century. Last century's nuanced This is a dissapointment. Their second album was great, but the next one just ripped off lullabyes and nursery rhymes. This one falls in the middle, but more often, sounds boring and unadventurous. Even when it crescendos, you feel embarrassed for them. I mean, this is the 21st century, and from their songwriting, you'd think they missed the 20th century. Last century's nuanced dissonance, complex harmony, diverse sounds... the only influence of the 20th century here is the radio-ready pop punk of the '90s, and a post-psychotherapy Metallica. Flat out, this is boring post-rock. Listen to Canadians Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Do Make Say Think. DMST has an album coming out soon, actually. Expand
  3. TylerD
    Mar 6, 2007
    5
    Absolutely brilliant. Their best work yet, in my opinion. Nothing short of amazing.
  4. NickC
    Apr 30, 2007
    5
    How dissapointing! What a painfully mediocre outing from the band that brought us two awesome, majestic and essential post-rock albums. While no longer a blatant rip-off of Mogwai and Godspeed, All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone just falls flat, sounding instead like a rip off of their older material. The band sounds out of ideas and in a creative slump, afraid to try anything new, How dissapointing! What a painfully mediocre outing from the band that brought us two awesome, majestic and essential post-rock albums. While no longer a blatant rip-off of Mogwai and Godspeed, All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone just falls flat, sounding instead like a rip off of their older material. The band sounds out of ideas and in a creative slump, afraid to try anything new, preferring instead to just re-hash old ideas and formulas. From an engineering perspective, the album sounds half-assed compared to the sheen or their previous work, and there is a horribly distracting and obnoxious slap-delay-echo effect on the drums to attempt to make up for the repetitive drummer's lack of inventive chops. But it just doesn't work. Lacking the bombast and pathos of their previous work, the album seems to just drift, never climaxing or even resolving. I am blwon away by the high praise this album was unduly warranted. I simply can't believe that any of the reviewers have listened to this band's full catalogue, it is truly a step backwards. Give Do Make Say Think's "A History in Rust" a listen if you think this album is good, and prepare to be blown away. Expand
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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Uncut
    60
    All Of A Sudden... rather falls under the shadow of Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but there's ample majesty in its climactic moments to recommend it. [Mar 2007, p.79]
  2. Their music though—and probably the reason they’re used to such great effect in “Friday Night Lights”—actually feels more compelling as an accompaniment to visual drama, in part because the internal drama of the songs themselves are really specific and their presentation is a little tired.
  3. Under The Radar
    80
    Honestly, it's been worth the wait. [#16, p.91]