No Flashlight: Songs Of The Fulfilled Night Image

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  • Summary: Phil Elverum's first LP release under the name Mount Eerie (which was also the title of his final record as The Microphones) is the self-released 15-track 'No Flashlight,' which will also see companion all-drums and "sing-along" discs released in the coming weeks.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 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.
  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. 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.
  4. Scary, surprising and evocative, but needs a hook to wash down all that imagination. [#11, p.112]
  5. 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. KevinE
    Sep 13, 2005
    A brilliant collection of subtle textures
  2. DillonT
    Jan 14, 2007
    phil elverum is amazing...
  3. TomW
    Sep 19, 2005
    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. Expand
  4. RichardK
    Sep 27, 2005
    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.
  5. js
    Aug 23, 2005
    strange, beautiful music. as good as almost anything he has done... up there anyway. the artwork is ridiculous. you can order it directly from phil's label and get the vinyl, with a choice between a free cd copy or a printed tab/lyrics sheet... whatever those are called... Collapse
  6. MichaelK
    Sep 2, 2005
    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