- Summary: The eighth full-length release for the music project of Phil Elverum was written after the death of his wife from cancer in July 2016.
- Record Label: P.W. Elverum & Sun Ltd.
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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Positive: 18 out of 18
Mixed: 0 out of 18
Negative: 0 out of 18
Mar 20, 2017A Crow Looked at Me is a masterpiece in the manner of A Grief Observed and “She Will Find What is Lost”. All of these works create a special communion between creator and observer, artistic experiences that join individual circumstances of loss with whatever the listener/reader/viewer brings to the work.
UncutMar 20, 2017Overwhelming and beautiful. [May 2017, p.35]
Mar 22, 2017There is sad music, which is to say music that deploys lyrical or musical motifs meant to connote misery. And then there is this album, which mostly exists in a space beyond those concerns. It is an album because a musician made it and it is broken up into songs, but it is also a diary, a balled-up tissue, found art.
MojoMay 23, 2017Painfully literal in its detailing of grief. [Jul 2017, p.91]
Mar 28, 2017I had a hard time deciding when I was going to listen to this album. I just had my first baby boy, and I am married to the love of my life. ToI had a hard time deciding when I was going to listen to this album. I just had my first baby boy, and I am married to the love of my life. To a certain extent and in certain circumstances, the musicality of an album becomes less important than the messages and emotions. I cried listening to this album several times. And I mean really cried. It's a very, very personal album that beckons to be listened to in private. I made the mistake of listening to it during a slow work day and it wrecked me. Death is a scary thought, but his bluntness and openness allowed me to receive peace when dealing with the harshest, most confusing, realest lesson of losing a loved one. I highly recommend this album.… Expand
Mar 24, 2017This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. By far the most honest, poetic and just... beautiful grief-related art that I've ever seen/heard. It's such an engrossing and "fatiguing" listen, yet I can't stop playing this record over and over again.
The way Phil delivers these sometimes simple, but always devastating lines is incredible. He's truly one of a kind. I want to hug him.
All the imagery related to the forest, the ocean, Genevieve's ashes, the birds, the "realness" of everyday life transformed by her sudden absence... The subtle lyrical/melodic references to previous Microphones/Mount Eerie releases... This is honestly one of the best records I've ever heard.
"It’s dumb, and I don’t want to learn anything from this. I love you."/ "I can't remember, you did most of my remembering for me" / "We are all always so close to not existing at all" / "Now I can only see you on the fridge in lifeless pictures" / "I missed you, of course. And I remember thinking the last time it rained here you were alive still" / "Look at me. Death is real" / "Conceptual emptiness was cool to talk about, back before I knew my way around these hospitals" / "I went back to feel alone there" / "And there she was."… Expand
Apr 26, 2017A beautiful demonstration of the power of medidative minimalism. The melodic devices here aren't particularly pronounced, but they perfectlyA beautiful demonstration of the power of medidative minimalism. The melodic devices here aren't particularly pronounced, but they perfectly compliment the evocative, powerful storytelling.… Expand
Mar 30, 2017This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A Crow Looked At Me è probabilmente uno degli album più tristi che la storia della musica abbia mai visto e ascoltato, ma partiamo con ordine:
Il 9 Luglio del 2016 Geneviève, la moglie di Mount Eerie, muore a causa di un cancro pancreatico a soli quattro mesi dalla nascita della figlia della coppia. L'artista, nei mesi seguenti, scrive le varie canzoni usando delle strumentali della moglie (musicista anche lei), registrando il tutto nella stanza in cui è morta la sua amata.
Siamo dinnanzi ad un'opera fantastica, una vera e propria dichiarazione d'amore e di disperazione verso la propria compagna di vita. Ci viene narrato, attraverso i testi, come sia completamente diverso andare a buttare la spazzatura senza la moglie e, per esempio, come un semplice spazzolino possa far riaffiorare dolci ricordi. La perdita di Geneviève e la sofferenza data da essa viene smorzata dalla presenza della figlia, alla quale è dedicato l'ultimo brano: uno sprazzo di felicità, una visione verso il futuro restando consapevoli che l'anima dell'amata li accompagnerà per sempre.… Expand
Jul 18, 2017greatgreat album............................................................................................................................................................… Expand
Apr 5, 2017Rather than discuss the tragic death of Phil's wife or the path that has led his career to this album I would like to very plainly, talk aboutRather than discuss the tragic death of Phil's wife or the path that has led his career to this album I would like to very plainly, talk about the music that is on this album, and it is simply terrible. Lazy compositions that are barely distinguishable from each other, almost comically disinterested vocal delivery, the same three chords over and over. What is most surprising is the complete lack of emotion here, the lack of anything to really feel, this is ostensibly a heart-breaking album dealing with the loss of a loved one, and yet there is no feeling, no passion, no effort to actually channel that pain into catharsis, into something worth listening to. Something worth listening to, this is the point, because music isn't just art, it is a specific form of art, where by using instruments one creates intriguing sounds that engage a listener, in one way or another. "A Crow Looked At Me" is not music in that way, it does not engage you at all, Phil seems anything but engaged or interested by his own compositions or words, in fact the only thing he seems to care about on this wreck of an album is making sure the listener realizes that he is so apathetic and devoid of energy that he can do no more than sadly pantomime the motions singing and songwriting.… Expand
Published: November 27, 2017Over the next month, we'll be collecting year-end top 10 album lists from over 200 music critics, publications, record stores, and other sources. Find individual lists and this year's cumulative rankings inside.
Awards & Rankings
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