Communion - The Soundtrack of Our Lives
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  • Summary: The two-disc set for the Swedish rock band is its fifth studio album.
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  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
    Communion clearly packs a unique set of quirks, diversions and comedowns. [Sep 2009, p.102]
  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Communion may be a little too much like a day after all--long and full of moments that are alternately memorable and forgettable.
  7. Communion is a very good album; it’s just a shame it’s been spread out over the space of two albums.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. MarcTheShark
    Mar 6, 2009
    Record of the Year, IMHO... how come this band can't get arrested in the U.S.? So much better than the stuff Pitchfork orders you to listen to.
  2. AlrikL
    Mar 7, 2009
    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. Expand
  3. TonyJ
    Mar 15, 2009
    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. Expand
  4. markf
    Jul 1, 2009
    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. Collapse