Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Mojo
    Mar 23, 2012
    80
    Here Kirby lets the sad beauty of his source - Schubert's Winterreise - bleed through, as if summoning up the solitary ghosts of the German composer's most desolate work. [Apr 2012, p.91]
  2. Mar 5, 2012
    80
    As one may ascertain, the world of the Caretaker is a potential rabbit hole of nostalgia, anxiety, and all manner of undisclosed obsessions, but a distinct sense of calm washes over the best of this material.
  3. 80
    Patience (After Sebald) is an unnervingly quiet album.
  4. Uncut
    Feb 14, 2012
    80
    The Caretaker creates ambient music that doesn't merely settle in the background but is evocative of memory and loss. [Feb 2012, p.83]
  5. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    This record collects the works of Austrian composer Franz Schubert and morphs them into a gloomy meditation on the sure, comforting absurdity of existence.
  6. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    Patience is one of Kirby's most consistent and stylistically severe albums in recent memory, mostly solo piano with the occasional vocal thrown in.
  7. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    Patience (After Sebald) succeeds as beautifully evocative music to accompany the documentary, as another distinctive entry in Kirby's Caretaker discography and as an inspired blending of different works that makes its own statement.
  8. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    This music, so basic on one level, is both warm and cold, blackened by mortality and twinkling with life, somehow evoking the wonder and absurdity of existence itself.
  9. The Caretaker certainly remains a fascinating and worthwhile project.
  10. The Wire
    Feb 17, 2012
    70
    The Caretaker's music works best as a static pattern amidst digital flux. [Feb 2012, p.56]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 2, 2012
    8
    When I played it, I have no idea about this album or it's concept, but the result was nice but scary. This is the class of albums that youWhen I played it, I have no idea about this album or it's concept, but the result was nice but scary. This is the class of albums that you hear alone in a sad night. Difficult to hear it, but it's worthwhile. Full Review »
  2. May 17, 2013
    8
    This one is very similar to ""An Empty Bliss Beyond This World", but "Patience" is more dynamic. The artist used more instruments (piano,This one is very similar to ""An Empty Bliss Beyond This World", but "Patience" is more dynamic. The artist used more instruments (piano, synthesizer...). The music is very loopy, static, has a "grainy texture" to it. Also very melancholic, sad. The cover image captures the mood of the album perfectly (a lighthouse on a little island in the middle of the sea, its raining and night). Recommended.… Full Review »
  3. Apr 26, 2012
    6
    "Patience (After Sebald)" is the latest album by James Kirby for The Caretaker project. Kirby is known not only from the plethora of used"Patience (After Sebald)" is the latest album by James Kirby for The Caretaker project. Kirby is known not only from the plethora of used nicknames, but also for singularity of music that he creates. This album is certainly not for everyone and I certainly won't lie if I say that it was designed for a narrow audience. Although in the background you hear piano or synthesizers in a nice arrangement, nevertheless the noise genre is quite specific - you can not conceal it, but in this case it works to the detriment of the album. Good soundtrack for burglars and dingy hotels though. Full Review »