Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. A work of remarkable beauty, Elegies To Lessons Learned contains far more reasons to be cheerful than it reasonably should, and if you’re looking for post-rock done properly then iLiKETRAiNS are more than on the right lines.
  2. Preferring patience and restraint over explosive blasts of atmospheric wailing, iLiKETRAiNS slowly build up these songs to climax, careful not to move to quickly to alter the mood that this entire collection expels.
  3. 80
    Any goth undertow is easily outweighed by post-rock grandeur. [Nov 2004, p.95]
  4. The debut album from the Leeds sonic evangelists features tracks about an assassinated prime minister, the Salem witch trials and an East German border guard who committed suicide through guilt after escaping to the West....These subjects are then twinned with a sound rich in solemn and ultimately cacophonous guitar.
  5. What they do goes far beyond gimmick, and while they obviously cherry picked the less pleasant chapters in history, they do so with enough spirit and theatricality that it's remarkably believable. [Fall 2007, p.74]
  6. Elegies to Lessons Learnt is an undeniably effective 50-minute ride, but it's also rather coldly mapped out.
  7. 60
    A full LP exposes their limitations and suggests that the songs may work best as soundtracks to their elegant stop-motion videos. [nov 2007, p.108]
  8. It's not a complete disaster--the songs are still there, shining proud and (far too) loud--but each listen brings a constant, aggravating reminder of the sloppy production.

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