We Shall All Be Healed

  • Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Feb 3, 2004
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11

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  1. OlympiaB
    Feb 7, 2004
    7
    Every post-All Hail West Texas release will undoubtedly be labeled a "disappointment." The studio has obviously had an effect on Darnielle, but far from inhibiting his talents, it has instead honed them like an Iraqi scud. And like any scud missle, some spin in dissary, eventually exploding above the intended target, while others detonate as intended in a flurry charred metal. "We Shall Every post-All Hail West Texas release will undoubtedly be labeled a "disappointment." The studio has obviously had an effect on Darnielle, but far from inhibiting his talents, it has instead honed them like an Iraqi scud. And like any scud missle, some spin in dissary, eventually exploding above the intended target, while others detonate as intended in a flurry charred metal. "We Shall All Be Healed" is 13 scud missles. Collapse
  2. Two-LaneBlacktop
    Jul 4, 2004
    9
    Ok, it's not quite as brilliant as "All Hail West Texas" or "Tallahassee," but it wasn't fair of us to expect THREE flawless albums in a row. Still, this is a GREAT set of songs in Darnielle's trademark style... what it lacks in firepower, it makes up for in texture and detail. 9 out of 10.
  3. Ariel
    Oct 7, 2006
    10
    I think what Olympia B meant to say was 'this CD is the bomb.' jahn darnielle is amazing. listening to his songs is like listening to someone telling a beautiful story.
  4. AaronR
    Feb 8, 2004
    10
    Awesome, rad!
  5. JeffC
    Feb 19, 2004
    10
    This is one of those albums that a lot of people just won't get because, honestly, it's above them.
  6. Nickg
    May 22, 2004
    10
    It's going to be hard to top this one. For the next one he's better off going sideways.
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Q Magazine
    70
    Darnielle's striking way with a phrase makes songs about Milky Ways for breakfast and smelly flats into things of quiet wonder. [Mar 2004, p.107]
  2. 80
    Fragmented and disturbing, yet thoroughly refreshing.
  3. We Shall All Be Healed emphatically proves that Darnielle can create compelling, dynamic music beyond the comfortable confines of his living room couch.