Rook - Shearwater
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  • Summary: The Austin-based band cofounded by Okkervil River's Jonathan Meiburg releases its fifth album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. With Rook they have fashioned an album that is melodic, tender, outstanding but above all, captivating. One thing is for sure, this is one of the best albums of the year.
  2. Shearwater has magnificently outdone itself. Not only is Rook destined to be named one of 2008’s favorites, but it could be one of the best albums for years to come.
  3. 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.
  4. While earlier albums hinted at the kind of open-air pastorals that the band was capable of, Rook delivers on all the promise.
  5. 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.
  6. While Shearwater has always been album-oriented (they've been known in the past, like Okkervil River, for their themed albums) Rook is by far their most successful to date.
  7. The songs here tend to go nowhere for a quiet couple of minutes before bursting randomly into tightly composed melodrama, which could be mistaken for actually going somewhere.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. NicholasB.
    Jun 20, 2008
  2. PranavO.
    Sep 13, 2008
    Such melancholy,such sadness.Its a work of gr8 art.The kind of album that leaves you short of words.It is so poignant & beautiful.Brilliantly poetic.A perfect album which ever one looks at it. Expand
  3. StanleyD
    Jan 24, 2009
    Beautiful album, yes melancholy but still enjoyable. Something to listen to when unwinding after a hard day at work or a quiet hike in the wilderness. Expand
  4. MycroftW.
    Aug 6, 2008
    A dark and brooding grower and a must have.
  5. JyotirmayaD.
    Sep 13, 2008
    This beautiful album was more than I expected. I expected something lovely, but it has gone beyond that. It has gone to my heart and it is a very heartfelt album... I never thought I'd ever get this enjoyment from listening to an album based on birds however. Expand
  6. EffE.
    Jun 13, 2008
    This is an excellent Radioheasque album. Great sound, great songs, nice production. Jonathan Meiburg at his best!
  7. 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. Expand

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