Communion

  • Record Label:
  • Release Date:
Communion Image
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: The two-disc set for the Swedish rock band is its fifth studio album.
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. 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.
  3. 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.
  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. Q Magazine
    60
    There's plenty of classic rock sodge, but Communion's execution alone feels admirably daring. [Sep 2009, p.95]
  7. 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.

See all 15 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. MarcTheShark
    Mar 6, 2009
    10
    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
    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. Expand
  3. 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. Expand
  4. 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. Collapse