• Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Mar 3, 2009
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Communion is easily the most consistent yet visionary and expansive recording Soundtrack have released yet, and proves beyond the shadow of a doubt, they are, even without mass acceptance, an impressively grand rock band.
  2. 80
    It's a minor miracle that these Swedish vets' 24-song sixth album clocks in at 94 filler-free minutes, stuffed with late-'60s guitar romps ranging from slow-burn psychedelia to up-tempo struts, and more deliberate mood pieces.
  3. TSOOL have made a double album that isn’t a burden, but rather something which is genuinely fun to get lost inside and attempt to unravel.
  4. Mojo
    80
    Communion clearly packs a unique set of quirks, diversions and comedowns. [Sep 2009, p.102]
  5. The sheer heft of Communion makes it hard to absorb the songs individually while discouraging the casual spins necessary to embed them in your skull. But almost every song sounds terrific in the moment.
  6. Under The Radar
    70
    While there's plenty of great songs on Communion, it also feels overstuffed. [Winter 2009, p.74]
  7. Filter
    66
    Most tracks feel as if they'd fit neatly onto classics from The Who, The Kinks and even The Band, but none of the Swedes' songs stand out too far from behind their influences. [Winter 2009, p.106]
  8. As you might have guessed, nobody but TSOOL completists (and Mojo subscribers) needs all this stuff. Yet within Communion's overload lurk a handful of neo-Nuggets nuggets.
  9. The band has easily come up with its best set of songs since its sort-of 2001 breakthrough "Behind the Music." If not every track on the set is a winner, neither are there any outright stinkers.
  10. 60
    It's a perfect set for folks who think Oasis are too humble, that Pink Floyd lacked ambition. TSOOL lay down Stonehenge riffs and cosmic mumbo jumbo so earnestly and expertly that nearly every outfit they raid from the classic-rock closet flatters them.
  11. Communion is a very good album; it’s just a shame it’s been spread out over the space of two albums.
  12. Overall, the record is solid: lots of fuzzy psychedelic riffs and infectious melodies. But inevitably, a few of the toned-down tracks miss the mark.
  13. Communion may be a little too much like a day after all--long and full of moments that are alternately memorable and forgettable.
  14. Although listening to it in one sitting requires sending out for subsistence and trying to forget that you ever heard Oasis, the journey is made easier by the gently thought-provoking Second Life Replay and a wash and brush-up of Nick Drake's The Fly.
  15. Q Magazine
    60
    There's plenty of classic rock sodge, but Communion's execution alone feels admirably daring. [Sep 2009, p.95]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. markf
    Jul 1, 2009
    10
    Not their best album, but certainly one of their most daring. Performing the songs live and witnessing them was really quite exhilarating at Not their best album, but certainly one of their most daring. Performing the songs live and witnessing them was really quite exhilarating at the Troubadour.True, the album, per se, may be only worth a 9, but that live performance, where I had to keep Ebbot from falling on my wife and daughter, makes it worth +1. Full Review »
  2. TonyJ
    Mar 15, 2009
    10
    An excellent album, which eclipses 'Origin Vol 1' overall, despite some 'gems' on the earlier offering. I would rank An excellent album, which eclipses 'Origin Vol 1' overall, despite some 'gems' on the earlier offering. I would rank 'Communion' just behind 'A Present From The Past', which really is a surprise package of previously unreleased treasures. Admittedly, there is a lot of material on 'Communion', which may not fit neatly into every reviewer's box. For me though, it is a bonus because TSOOL's album output has been quite modest. Mind you, they have always been generous with the amount of material that is offered, once the release finally materialises. Keep up the good work boys. You deserve greater recognition. Full Review »
  3. AlrikL
    Mar 7, 2009
    10
    One of the greatest Rock bands...ever. On record, they're pros with a distinctive sound. As a live act, they have the ability to conquer One of the greatest Rock bands...ever. On record, they're pros with a distinctive sound. As a live act, they have the ability to conquer any venue. To fully understand the grandeur of this band, one MUST see them perform live. A complete and religious experience with the harmful fanaticism left out. Hits you like a freight train to the chest. Full Review »