In Ear Park

  • Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Oct 7, 2008
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16

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  1. OliverC.
    Nov 5, 2008
    9
    I give it an 85% With the exception of a few tracks, it is a masterful work. Really beautiful melodies and atmospherics, and it builds some wonderful moments without sacrificing the catchy hooks. Consider this a follow up to Yellow House and you can't be disappointed.
  2. MirandaH.
    Oct 24, 2008
    9
    So excited for Floating on the Lehigh...now I can live down Billy Joel's Allentown in peace.
  3. MikeF.
    Nov 25, 2008
    10
    A beautiful, floating dream of an album.
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. This album is a big step forward for Department of Eagles, a playground of sound that celebrates the pull of memories and music.
  2. In Ear Park sounds so much like Grizzly Bear that it’s difficult to recognize, at first, that it does occasionally retain the bedroom DIY aesthetic for which Department of Eagles are known, especially in the sense of its canned percussion, and at the album’s best it keeps the music attempting the scope and lushness of Grizzly Bear.
  3. Without a heavy-handed disposition, Department of Eagles manages to convey the sentiment of another time while reaching a modern audience.