Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Dec 11, 2012
    70
    [van Wissem's] solemn, minor-key lute lines become ensnared in Jarmusch's riptide of guitar feedback and fading chords. [Jan 2013, p.74]
  2. Dec 7, 2012
    64
    At its best, this music feeds into a similar sentiment, pushing close to the kind of deep introspection at the heart of Jarmusch's films.
  3. Dec 5, 2012
    70
    As on their first album, he [Jim Jarmusch] blows gusts of electric noise through the open spaces in van Wissem's patiently articulated structures. [Nov 2012, p.67]
  4. Nov 16, 2012
    80
    Like any good ongoing collaboration, theirs is already moving beyond its initial definition, gone past the novelty of lutist and filmmaker into something more enduringly interesting.
  5. Nov 16, 2012
    80
    Certainly The Mystery of Heaven is a standalone recording and is to be enjoyed on its own.
  6. 70
    An expanded look at this duo's heady, cinematic interplay likely would make for even stronger results.
  7. Nov 16, 2012
    78
    Just five tracks, each piece from The Mystery of Heaven resonates the way a film score does--with grandiose, cinematic, room-shaking effect.

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