The Autumn Defense - The Autumn Defense

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Circles (2003) was heartier fare, just as starry-eyed and unabashedly romantic but more focused and elegant. It’s a better record, to be sure, but that doesn’t make The Autumn Defense a bad one.
  2. There's a musical landscape between Simon & Garfunkel and Devendra Banhart begging to be found in the here and now, and the Autumn Defense has settled in, sentimentality and all.
  3. Stirrat and Sansone revisit the immaculate production of their previous work, but with greater cohesion and broader instrumentation.
  4. The sound is still thoroughly Stirratt and Sansone; breezy melodies are everywhere, as well as winsome lyrics about life and love. It’s just that now the Autumn Defense are sounding more like the All Music Guide to Popular Music rather than just a folk duo in the vein of Simon and Garfunkel.
  5. A showcase for some undervalued compositional chops.
  6. While The Autumn Defense lacks the deeper sense of purpose of a neo-soft-rock band like Midlake, the insinuating "This Will Fall Away" and the pristine "Simple Explanation" run deeper than homage.
  7. The album evokes the kind of warm starry-eyed sentiments that actually made soft rock work. [#16, p.90]
  8. 70
    Oh, what fey-but-fecund pleasures lurk in the grooves of the group's third full-length. [#74, p.91]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Pendepomo
    Apr 9, 2007
    it's very calm, and some times get too monotonus, but i just can't give it a bad rateing, i mean it's a part of wilco that we can't hear in another place Full Review »
  2. BradleyS
    Mar 29, 2007
    This is quite honestly the very BEST record I have heard in nearly 15 years. I don't remember the last time I felt this way about an album. Utter brilliance. Feel You Now would have have a top 5 hit 30 years ago. What a shame the masses will never hear, what will probably be the best album of the year. If you read this, rest assured, you will not be disappointed in the Autumn Defense!!! Full Review »