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. Under The Radar
    60
    Scary, surprising and evocative, but needs a hook to wash down all that imagination. [#11, p.112]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 13 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 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 »