Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. The density of the Twilight Sad's sound evokes wide open spaces, yet the louder they are, the more intimate they sound.
  2. There’s a certain formula to many of the songs they came up with... But it’s a rather compelling formula—it’s worked for scads of bands for decades—and Twilight Sad do it well.
  3. As exhilarating as Fourteen Autumns is at its most anthemic, the vividness of the lyrical themes ultimately carries the record over.
  4. Uncut
    60
    It's bombastic, but you can't fault its ambitions. [Jun 2007, p.115]
  5. It may not be perfect – there’s the slightest suggestion as the album draws to a close that ideas may be running thin – but for a debut record to sound this accomplished suggests a promising future, and surely they’re in the right hands.
  6. Under The Radar
    80
    Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters is aptly named, its brumal sonics occupying the emotional chasm between melancholy and salvation. [#17, p.93]
  7. The songs on Fourteen Autumns are loud, and graced with long-line melodies that are easy to hum, but there's nothing quick or disposable about them.
  8. Spin
    70
    The Twilight Sad walk a fine line between drippy sentimentality and rough-edged realism. [May 2007, p.91]
  9. If an album could have hormone surges and acne, if it could sit home on prom night listening to Joy Division and smoking pot, if it could be as fully convinced of its inner worthlessness as of its ultimate triumph...in short if an album could be fourteen, this would be the one.
  10. Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters is full of thoroughly enjoyable tunes and melodies if you're willing to give it time.
  11. If you’ve yearned for a band that takes that dramatic indie-rock template but injects a bit of post-rock drama into it, then boy, have you ever come to the right place.
  12. Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters is an album with a sum worse than its parts.... Still, there’s a lot of promise here.
  13. It’s hard not to notice that the best songs on Fourteen Autumns were already featured on last year’s EP.
  14. It’s a remarkable debut by a tremendous quartet. Not only does it have the raw emotion, but also the intense, glorious musicianship, absorbing hooks and grandiose arrangements to leave you utterly breathless, drained and wanting more.
  15. Despite occasional thrills, for all The Twilight Sad's epic ambition and admittedly accomplished sound, this is a hollow record that struggles to fully transcend its influences.
  16. Having heard their first EP, it's not quite as much of revelation as it would have been, but it's still pretty darn good.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Jan 17, 2015
    8
    It takes a while to fully understand the real meaning of the songs, but (as a whole) FA&FW works so cohesively well that the total is moreIt takes a while to fully understand the real meaning of the songs, but (as a whole) FA&FW works so cohesively well that the total is more important than its parts. And it's also a strong and solid debut, for a melancholic but powerful band. Full Review »
  2. EdLeisurewear
    May 14, 2007
    8
    Stunning achievement from Messrs Graham and co. - a nice cross between Mogwai and Belle and Sebastien - not just because they're both Stunning achievement from Messrs Graham and co. - a nice cross between Mogwai and Belle and Sebastien - not just because they're both Scottish, well...kinda. I look forward to the fifteenth autumn... Full Review »
  3. robertc
    May 14, 2007
    10
    Excellent debut album....go buy and enjoy