Lost Songs - ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Oct 22, 2012
    91
    With Lost Songs, it's rekindled the raw, unflinching spirit that, a decade ago, placed the group among rock's elite.
  2. Dec 4, 2012
    90
    It's as raucous and vital as their first three. [No. 93, p.52]
  3. Oct 26, 2012
    90
    'Lost Souls' is so preposterously raucous it should have the record industry running scared at the point of a pitchfork.
  4. The album never gets stagnant and avoids the pitfalls of sticking to the same sound or mellowing out with age and ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead have quite a few albums in them yet.
  5. 83
    Luckily, the melodic wall of noise crashes through the more heavy-handed moments. [2 Nov 2012, p.68]
  6. 83
    Luckily, the melodic wall of noise crashes through the more heavy-handed moments. [2 Nov 2012, p.68]
  7. Nov 21, 2012
    80
    They offset their cosmic silliness with molten rock surges and spacey interludes. [Dec 2012, p.99]
  8. Oct 30, 2012
    80
    While it may be a shade less inspired than The Tao of the Dead, this is a solid, rugged album that underscores ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead's position as trailblazers and torchbearers when it comes to mixing passion and politics.
  9. 80
    Fantasy epics and agism aside, Lost Songs' strongest moment is also its most personal.
  10. Oct 25, 2012
    80
    At its best, Lost Songs' take on post-hardcore imagines an alternate history where indie rock's first-wave originators got to rule the modern-rock radio landscape of the 1990s, rather than just serve as an increasingly diluted influence upon it.
  11. Oct 22, 2012
    80
    Lost Songs is brash and sincere, a caterwauling beast of chunky guitar chords and drums that never give you a chance to breathe, and in its best moments is as fiery and hot-blooded and rousing as anything off of those earlier albums fans are always pining for.
  12. Oct 22, 2012
    80
    The sequencing on Lost Songs is top-loaded with furious rockers that gradually dial down velocity and acceleration toward atmospheres familiar, anthemic and delicate as Conrad Keely's ragged-from-shouting vocal style continues to command attention. [Nov 2012, p.86]
  13. Oct 22, 2012
    80
    Lost Songs ain't a new direction for ToD. Far from it. But it's a frenetic, committed album oozing passion at every turn, and the world would be poorer without it.
  14. Nov 8, 2012
    78
    A welcome noise to these mandolin and Simon & Garfunkel–influenced days, Lost Songs is anything but: muscular songwriting, enviable melodies, ferocious playing, dazzling production.
  15. Oct 23, 2012
    78
    Lost Songs splits the difference between some of the more overly emotive/dramatic Trail of Dead featured on recent albums, and the frenetic, exciting Trail of Dead of its the early years.
  16. Oct 24, 2012
    70
    It looks like there may be some wind left in this crew's sails after all.
  17. 70
    It doesn't always work, and the softer 'Awestruck' is kinda preachy. But when the vitriol is squeezed into Fugazi-via-My Bloody Valentine-via-Sonic Youth swagger, as on the mighty 'Catatonic', it's admirable.
  18. Oct 23, 2012
    50
    The directionless nature of the songs leaves them feeling half-formed, perhaps better refined or even left on the cutting room floor than making their way to a full album.
  19. Oct 26, 2012
    40
    When it comes down to it, these tracks really aren't that bad, but it's hard not to have the echoes of savvier songwriting in your head when listening to a group like Trail of Dead, whose history has shown them to be more sophisticated musicians than the ones present on Lost Songs.
  20. Oct 22, 2012
    40
    With Lost Songs, Trail Of Dead certainly have their hearts in the right place; sadly, though, that's the best one can really say about this album.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 22, 2012
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Absolutely their best since "Source Tags & Codes". Fantastic work! A perfect blend of a return-to-roots style with forward-thinking progression. If ...Trail of Dead keep on this path, they will remain invincible. Full Review »