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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

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  3. Negative: 2 out of 11

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  1. MichaelK
    Sep 2, 2005
    3
    It turns out there's a fine line between making really cool, haunted, primal, original post-rock (as Phil Elvrum did on his albums as Microphones) and sounding like a guy who likes to get stoned and just record shit as it comes to him, as is sadly the case with No Flashlight (in his new incarnation as Mount Eerie, not to be confused with the Microphone's album title of the same It turns out there's a fine line between making really cool, haunted, primal, original post-rock (as Phil Elvrum did on his albums as Microphones) and sounding like a guy who likes to get stoned and just record shit as it comes to him, as is sadly the case with No Flashlight (in his new incarnation as Mount Eerie, not to be confused with the Microphone's album title of the same name). A big let down. Expand
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72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 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.
  2. The album’s arrangements are as thematically monotone as the raw lyrics, building rock beds for Elvrum’s unpredictable, but dangerously uniform, vocal melodies.
  3. 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.