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  • Summary: Produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Black Mountain, Polyphonic Spree, Explosions in the Sky), Golden Archipelago is Shearwater's third album released on Matador Records.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
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  1. Overflowing with talent and ambition, Golden Archipelago is that rare kind of great album: tackling big ideas and attempting chancy things while delivering a product that feels flawlessly and decisively whole.
  2. Archipelago is an argument against verse-chorus-verse structure, and a good one—a rewarding, slow-melting album for patient listeners.
  3. Serving as the final part of a trilogy that includes the much feted records Rook and , the album is an epic feat of baroque pop craftsmanship, something akin to an update of Scott IV or Dusty in Memphis for the new millennium.
  4. 76
    Over the course of the 38-minute album, these nouvelle cuisine portions amost add up to a satiating whole. But it's good enough you'll be hungry for more. [Winter 2010, p.94]
  5. The Golden Archipelago is an admirable achievement: a project that has been meticulously prepared and executed with passion and flair.
  6. While the beauty of this record will surprise no one who’s been paying any attention to these guys, it’s the immediacy here--that driving pulse--that might catch you off guard. And keep you listening.
  7. 50
    With Jonathan Meiburg's luxuriant, lachrymose croon topping the slow-cresting violins of this tasteful rock ensemble, The Golden Archipelago will surely satisfy listeners in need of a melodramatic nap.

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  1. Jan 16, 2011
    10
    This album(and have no doubt it's an album on the grandest scale) hides so many surprises so many twists and turns that by the end of it's allThis album(and have no doubt it's an album on the grandest scale) hides so many surprises so many twists and turns that by the end of it's all too short running time you are left inspired, breathess and certain you've just made one of the great discoveries of your life. From the haunting opening Meridians to the scrape the sky Corridors you're flown head first toward the intens Missing Islands. A true classic has been delivered. A contender for album of the decade. High praise indeed. Believe. Expand