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]
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. romanmc
    Feb 27, 2006
    10
    You will not be dissapointed. Berman flat-out embarrasses anyone else out there trying to compete with him in lyrical craft. The music is varied on this outing as well. A much fuller pallete than other albums. Full Review »
  2. KrisB
    Feb 9, 2006
    8
    It's no American Water, but it'll do. Something is missing this time around, and i think it's probably because of the absence of Steven Malkmus. Full Review »
  3. timothym
    Jan 29, 2006
    10
    dc is my hero