The Gathering

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  • Summary: The fourth album for the rock band was influenced by Carl Jung.
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  • Record Label: Thrill Jockey
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Stoner Metal, Sludge Metal, Space Rock, French Pop, Guitar Virtuoso
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Feb 23, 2011
    The results are shufflingly majestic, loaded with blissful truths and, it must be said, startlingly close to perfect.
  2. Mar 23, 2011
    For sure, Sabbath, Zeppelin and more obscure bands of the era like Wishbone Ash loom large over the proceedings, but Arbouretum breathes new life into a long-dormant genre with its melodic flair, the freshness of its approach and the tastefulness of its playing-and to call a band whose average song length is six to seven minutes "tasteful" is no faint praise.
  3. 80
    Appropriately for an album called The Gathering, the esthetic Arbouretum achieves feels somewhat monolithic--overarching and whole instead of neurotic and splintered--and in this manner should provide healing properties for a psyche battered around by all the little specifics of daily life.
  4. Mar 8, 2011
    Arbouretum brings back that good old fashioned psychedelia to rock music with its fourth album The Gathering.
  5. Feb 23, 2011
    The Gathering is weighted in every way, heavy with distortion-crusted guitars, sluggish tempos and an earnest, perhaps even over-earnest, search for meaning.
  6. 60
    Arbouretum deal in an odd blend of folk and heavy rock, these seven tracks trudging along like a deep-sea diver traversing the sea bed in ten-league boots.
  7. Feb 23, 2011
    On The Gathering, though, the sonic vista is flattened out, resulting in a dreary, grayscale trudge of an album.

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