Letters Home - Defeater
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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Massachusetts hardcore quintet tells the story of the father of the characters introduced in the band's previous albums.
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  1. Jul 24, 2013
    90
    Bits of experimentation still poke through, especially on the dissonant, heart-rendering "Rabbit Foot," which neatly stitches up Defeater's past while pointing toward fresh dynamics and future chapter to come. [Aug 2013, p.86]
  2. With Archambault’s vocal performance stronger than ever before, the band sounding fresh and the lyrics seemingly closing out this chapter in their career, Letters Home is one of the most thrilling albums they could have created.
  3. Jul 24, 2013
    80
    As depressing as it may seem for Defeater to tell a story with no happy ending, it’s only by confronting those feelings of disillusionment and hopelessness head-on that they achieve some sort of catharsis. Letters Home does just that.
  4. Aug 14, 2013
    80
    One of the best albums of 2013. [13 Jul 2013, p.54]
  5. Jul 24, 2013
    70
    While Empty Days and Sleepless Nights offered songs that were entertaining enough without lyric booklet in hand, Letters Home is much more dependent on its story for emotional impact.
  6. Jul 24, 2013
    70
    Letters Home gives something to write home about, bringing to mind Have Heart's swansong, Songs to Scream at the Sun, while simultaneously containing Defeater's best material to date.
  7. Aug 6, 2013
    60
    It can take a while to deconstruct the narrative, but when ignoring the weighty plot, the songs' key themes of mortality, love, and loss still manage to make an impact.

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