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  • Summary: This is the second album for the Peter Silberman-led band.

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Kettering
I wish that I had known in that first minute we met The unpayable debt that I owed you. Because you'd been abused by that bone that refused you And... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Hospice sits squarely in this camp, a heartbreaking aural experience that hits us on a deeper level.
  2. Brooklyn's latest greatest deliver heartbreaking concept album.
  3. This quintet of musicians are making a name for themselves and with Hospice, they have remarkably made one of 2009’s best albums.
  4. Somehow, the lighter Hospice gets, the heavier it hits.
  5. Hospice is a work of rare beauty and a watershed moment in The Antlers’ career.
  6. Silberman's compulsion to write these songs may have been cathartic for him, but listening to them is most certainly cathartic for all of us.
  7. Mojo
    60
    This soaring album defines emotional shoegazing. [Dec 2009, p. 101]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 48
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 48
  3. Negative: 3 out of 48
  1. Dec 31, 2014
    10
    It's more than a bunch of songs; it's a complete work of art, a story, a life, a new and aural experience. Few albums had such impact in myIt's more than a bunch of songs; it's a complete work of art, a story, a life, a new and aural experience. Few albums had such impact in my life so as to change it significantly: Hospice is one of them. It's simply magic. Expand
  2. SatreN
    Oct 29, 2009
    10
    One of the most powerful and tragic albums I have ever heard, it has this broad scope of melancholy emotions that just brings you to your One of the most powerful and tragic albums I have ever heard, it has this broad scope of melancholy emotions that just brings you to your knees. I think this has to be one of best albums of this decade. Expand
  3. a.nony-mous
    Aug 21, 2009
    10
    It's quite a feat to make music that goes from subdued to grandiose without making it sound pretentious. this album is able to walk that It's quite a feat to make music that goes from subdued to grandiose without making it sound pretentious. this album is able to walk that line perfectly, drawing a surprisingly wide range of emotions out of the listener. if you like music of this genre, this is definitely one of the top albums of 2009. Expand
  4. Nov 3, 2010
    10
    Incredibly moving. If you really listen to the thing front to back you'd have to have a heart of stone not to well up a bit. The musicIncredibly moving. If you really listen to the thing front to back you'd have to have a heart of stone not to well up a bit. The music compliments the words perfectly. A deeply inspired work of art. Expand
  5. PhilP.
    Sep 12, 2009
    9
    Absolutely stunning. So many layers of heartbreak, rendered beautifully and delicately.
  6. Nov 17, 2016
    9
    A band tends to have a hook on your deepest emotions and memories when they know how to restrain from doing too much. This causes you toA band tends to have a hook on your deepest emotions and memories when they know how to restrain from doing too much. This causes you to connect the dots. This album is a drug. It never gives you enough, in the best way possible. This being said, multiple listens are a must. You will be forced to remember the last time you were truly sad and there was nothing you could do about it. You will become filled with an emotion that seems foreign, yet familiar. In a sense, this album forces you to remember the lowest points of your life that maybe you've forgotten about, due to convenience. It seems to go back to your past, find you at your most fragile and vulnerable state, and the album tells you "it's ok." Expand
  7. Jun 27, 2012
    0
    Any album that can deliver such intense emotions to the listener deserves a 10/10. Never heard anything more emotionally affecting thanAny album that can deliver such intense emotions to the listener deserves a 10/10. Never heard anything more emotionally affecting than Hospice by The Antlers. Expand

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