• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Jun 3, 2008
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Universal acclaim- based on 48 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 43 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48

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  1. ChristopherH
    Mar 10, 2009
    Gotta agree with Charlie Q, except that I mind the vocals - they're a bit too warbling for me. The melodramatic production was layed on a bit too thick - it came off cheesy and emo-ish. If they has kept it more sparse, perhaps, it would have let the songs come out more. (there was a few bon iver moments that I liked...)
  2. CharlieQ.
    Aug 18, 2008
    Okay, I will listen to this album again, because I really don't "get" it yet. I don't mind the voice, but I'm not particularly in love with it. And as for the music, well, one of the critics referred to it as the "calm before the storm". I guess I can agree with that, but when is the storm coming?....because the calm is kind of boring.

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. This "calm before the storm" aesthetic dominates Rook, and in another testament to its short running time, works beautifully, illuminating the few straightforward pieces like "Century Eyes," "Leviathan, Bound," and the brooding title track like a centuries-old woodcut, and allowing the tension that permeates the entire affair to ebb and flow naturally, resulting in one of the most heady and satisfying albums of the year.
  2. Rook is an epic undertaking that plumbs the depths of the seas ("Leviathan, Bound") to the heavens themselves ("I Was a Cloud," "The Hunter's Star") for the sounds that make the stories sing.
  3. 80
    [Meiburg] applies this Audubon-ish enthusiasm to his songs, too, crafting a rich, occasionally macabre, fantasy world populated by starlings, gulls and solitary falconers.