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9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 1 out of 26

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  1. KevinB.
    Feb 21, 2002
    9
    The songs on this EP are brilliant. I just wish it were made an LP... Also, the Branch Davidian references (Amo Bishop Roden was the enemy of David Koresh - and the line "come out and live in a religious community in a beautiful place out in the country" also alludes to the Waco incident. Creepy stuff.
  2. DanielM
    Oct 24, 2005
    10
    iTunes keeps track of how many times you play a song. Right now, the title track is my most played. By a huge margin. The rest of the EP is superb. A good starting point for anyone who's interested in this band.
  3. StoweH
    May 31, 2005
    9
    a sonic trip. not one misplaced note.
  4. KasperG
    Jun 13, 2005
    10
    For an EP, it is unusual to contain such concentrated bliss... 'Kid For Today' opens with a dia projector-driven beat to evoke frame per frame the childhood memories. 'Amo Bishop Roden' is a lush, eerie piece that evolves organically and sucks the listener in. The wonderful title track is less abstract and sounds more like their other work. 'Zoetrope', the For an EP, it is unusual to contain such concentrated bliss... 'Kid For Today' opens with a dia projector-driven beat to evoke frame per frame the childhood memories. 'Amo Bishop Roden' is a lush, eerie piece that evolves organically and sucks the listener in. The wonderful title track is less abstract and sounds more like their other work. 'Zoetrope', the closer, doesn't really fit in the mood set by the other three tracks and seems a bit out of place. On its own, though, it's a stellar trip to anything you can imagine. 'In A Beautiful Place In The Country' is a great starting point to grasp the sound of these fantastic artists. Highly recommended to anyone. Collapse
  5. Oct 16, 2015
    10
    This short EP is definitely one of those unknown pieces of music that's so beautiful it may actually make you feel like your in 'A beautiful Place Out In The Country". There is nothing to really say about this album except that its nothing short of original and superb.
    10/10 Masterpiece
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. The Wire
    80
    The comforting familiarity of the Boards' muted beats, synth washes and glowing keyboards is just as potent and valium soaked as it was on their brilliant 1998 debut. [1/2001, p.71]
  2. Here there's a slightly warmer feeling. More central, tweaked vocals add a new dimension to the "hard beats + bittersweet melodies" pattern of the past; songs like the gorgeous, ice-melting "Zoetrope" glide along on simple celestial glimmers without a single bass-line in sight.
  3. In some ways, the 4 song EP is actually some of the most stripped-down work by the group, but it's also quite essential.