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  • Summary: The Austin-based duo releases its first new album in six years.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. This album is a swirl of pure emotions and grandiosity, but is never overbearing, never feeling like anything more than your own personal score. Thus, it’s completely brilliant.
  2. It is also one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful albums that I have heard since its predecessor.
  3. I can confidently say that this is some of the most astonishingly beautiful music being made today.
  4. Call it music for lucid dreaming, call it music for daydreams, or call it music for simply strolling in the dusk, this is another album that will stretch time and take you to another place.
  5. The listener who comes away from the two-hour experience of …And Their Refinement of Decline without becoming a bit misty at least once is too hardened for my friendship.
  6. If nothing else, Stars of the Lid have achieved Adam's goal of making music "to really relax to," abjectly defying intent listening, laying waste to the established vocabulary of music production and appreciation.
  7. This two-hour double-CD/triple-LP, their first product since 2001, is grand, somber, amelodic, arhythmic and slow, leaving plenty of time to admire the notes' altered states.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 69
  2. Negative: 17 out of 69
  1. MattD
    Apr 21, 2008
    Perhaps the most important music being made today.... Stars of the Lid could just bridge the gap between classical and pop music.
  2. JohnH.
    Dec 13, 2007
    This is possibly the most beautiful music I have heard this year. This album is a subtle, yet powerful hybrid between modern classical and ambient music. Granted, this type of music is not for everyone, especially since people these days are always looking for instant gratification (i.e. MTV/ radio), and never seem to have enough to time to slow down and enjoy the latent complexities in life. The drone-based songs are melancholy yet soothing, and perfect for accompanying the more meditative and reflective moments in life. It took me weeks of listening to understand this album, but now stars of the lid are one of my favorite bands. So I encourage people to listen beneath the surface, and most of all be patient when trying to understand this album. You won Expand
  3. Jul 4, 2011
    This is one of my favourite albums of all time. "Even If You're Never Awake" is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. People giving this album negative reviews because it is a "bunch of random tones slowly fading in and out" should educate themselves on drone and ambient music; it's like giving a negative score to Metallica because "there is too much of electric guitars and shouting" or to 2Pac, because "his music is just talking over a beat". Expand
  4. powell
    Nov 16, 2007
    cue backlash.
  5. blahblah
    Dec 17, 2007
    Stars of the Lid still hold a neat position between refined, tasteful ambient and classical instrumentation and composition; and on this record they seem to be leaning further over to the latter. With this in mind I hope this is yet another step in a sound that has been slowly evolving for a decade. There's some soul-crushingly beautiful music on this disc but they could do with cutting it down a bit on to one CD - it doesn't manage to get away with it like Tired Sounds did because it's not so "continuous" and dreamy as that release. Expand
  6. AndrewC
    Nov 26, 2007
    This is good music for a snooze. As for it's genius, the critics need to stop being pretentious idiots and take the music for what it is rather than what is viewed as hip. Expand
  7. MartyM.
    Dec 8, 2007
    If you'd like to hear the next stars of the lid album, lie down next to your fridge for about 50 minutes complete rubbish.

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