The Western Lands - Gravenhurst

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. This is the kind of album you can live with and hear new things in with each listen, and proves that the album is an art form that still has plenty of life in it.
  2. Talbot’s vocals mix with the music about them to become another instrument proper; messages are lost in the murk, but the fug’s an appealing blur nonetheless.
  3. 80
    The Western lands proffers a winning cocktail of shimmering guitar harmonics, grand sweeping choruses, drums that avoid funk like the plague and solemn, psychogeographi lyrics from the Ian Curtis school. [Oct 2007, p.94]
  4. There's a dignity to this lovely, mysterious album that suggests Talbot will never be ready to make the compromises necessary to bring Gravenhurst in from the margins.
  5. 80
    The Western Lands offers more bang for your buck. [Fall 2007, p.96]
  6. Notice it now, or wait until people start hailing it as a lost classic in a decade's time.
  7. You can hardly help but be swept off by its sheer loveliness, yet even as you go, there’s a sense of foreboding that lends piquancy to the whole experience.
  8. This is the key to The Western Lands' appeal: making you feel like you might not be completely alone in your misery. [Fall 2007, p.79]
  9. The Western Lands works well as a whole and will surely please longtime fans, but I get the sense that Gravenhurst are holding back.
  10. Even at its prettiest and most accessible, The Western Lands is still a very insular, sometimes uncomfortably intimate album, and listening to it is akin to sharing a tiny but comfortable space in Talbot's closed little cocoon.
  11. 60
    Gravenhurst prove that kicking arse is neither beneath nor beyond them. [Oct 2007, p.93]
  12. The Western Lands is a little like My Bloody Valentine with the sound down low. [Oct 2007, p.109]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. DavidR.
    Oct 30, 2007
    An incredible album. Doesn't sacrifice any of the dark charm that previous releases had in abundance. However, Gravenhurst take the plunge and broaden their sonic spectrum in order to avoid even a hint of drag. Every song has something to love but for me, the highlights are 'Hourglass', 'Trust' and the title track. Full Review »
  2. WillC
    Oct 29, 2007
    Absolutely stunning album. I'd describe them as a mix between Radiohead and Mogwai. The finest band to come from Bristol since Massive Attack and Portishead. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Full Review »
  3. AlexisM.
    Oct 26, 2007
    Extremely beautiful and cohesive album. Has to be one of the best this year. I agree with the New York Magazine review: 'Notice it now or wait until people start hailing it as a lost classic in a decade's time.' It's that good. Full Review »