• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Jun 3, 2008
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Universal acclaim- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46

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  1. DavidA.
    Jun 11, 2008
    I love Okkervil (may be my favourite band), and have liked Shearwater's past efforts, but this just never grabbed me, if anything Meiberg's falsetto was off-putting, in some songs I was just wishing for some normal singing. I don't understand the great reviews.
  2. JeffP
    Jul 9, 2008
    I am very open minded about experimental music. I have many Indie and electonica albums that I have enjoyed and listened to over the past five years. This is not one of them. This is a piece of crap and a waste of ten dollars.

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.