Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. The album's laissez-faire production fails to anchor its quaint, melody-allergic songs. In turn, Elverum's retiring vocals float to the top, which is a horrible place for them.
  2. Scary, surprising and evocative, but needs a hook to wash down all that imagination. [#11, p.112]
  3. No Flashlight is the most sincere album I've heard in so long that it fills me with a joy that couldn't possibly only come through the music.
  4. The album’s arrangements are as thematically monotone as the raw lyrics, building rock beds for Elvrum’s unpredictable, but dangerously uniform, vocal melodies.
  5. With No Flashlight, Elvrum is shifting the focus of his music onto himself. It’s unclear whether this is the smartest move to make, in light of his obvious production mastery.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. DillonT
    Jan 14, 2007
    10
    phil elverum is amazing...
  2. RichardK
    Sep 27, 2005
    10
    i actually think 'No Flashlight' is his best yet. the closer you listen, the more apparent it is that this album is just plain awesome.
  3. TomW
    Sep 19, 2005
    10
    A warning: not listener friendly. In terms of radio playability I would give this album a fat zero, however, I am not grading it that way. If the role of the artist was to make an album that everyone loved, art would sink down to the level of Dashboard Confessional ( I know you love it). This is Phil's most ambitious album to date. He is growing up in a sense. Gone are the relatable love songs of the Glow pt.2. The lyrics are deeply philosophical now, but the raw honesty still remains. Full Review »