Tanglewood Numbers - Silver Jews
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 91
    Tanglewood roars back to life with a massive band, a detailed sound, and a voice that sounds ravaged but right. [Oct 2005, p.142]
  2. 90
    A surreal, tender, revealing record. [Nov 2005, p.104]
  3. A uniquely powerful and moving set of songs.
  4. [It] turns out to be a proper Silver Jews rock album, which is to say it has the feel of a drunk snapping into his second wind long enough to belt out a few.
  5. Berman's most accomplished album.
  6. A record that is wholly satisfying: not too overwrought and never self-assuredly slick.
  7. What may be the most confident and cohesive Silver Jews album yet is shot through with urgency and gravitas, but tempered, of course, with liberal doses of dark humor.
  8. One of his strongest and most focused albums to date.
  9. 86
    Tanglewood Numbers probably won't win many new fans, but it will make the cult of David grow fonder. [#17, p.104]
  10. David Berman joins a pickup band that includes his close personal friend Stephen Malkmus to explore realms of vocal inexpressiveness undreamt by Stephin Merritt or the Handsome Family.
  11. 10 charming ditties about depression. [28 Oct 2005, p.84]

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