Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Feb 11, 2021
    80
    Moving at a satisfyingly glacial pace, The Besnard Lakes Are The Last Of The Great Thunderstorm Warnings is an album that reveals its rewards over multiple listens.
  2. Feb 3, 2021
    80
    Even after several weeks of listening to this thing, I still don’t feel like I’ve truly got a handle on it. Prepare to immerse yourself in order to tap into its mysteries. Thankfully there are abundant rewards to be found amid the surges of widescreen sound.
  3. Jan 28, 2021
    80
    It would be disingenuous to say the Besnards had been on a downswing prior to this, but in wrestling with mortality they tap into a well of vital energy that makes the group appear revitalized and full of vigor.
  4. Mojo
    Jan 27, 2021
    80
    Thunderstorm Warnings doesn't put a foot wrong, delivering the big music with heart instead of bluster. [Mar 2021, p.90]
  5. Uncut
    Jan 27, 2021
    80
    An astonishing return, up there with their best records to date. [Feb 2021, p.18]
  6. Feb 9, 2021
    78
    It’s an evocative thrill ride and a captivating rumination on mortality that also asks questions of life afterwards. It isn’t an easy listen but it’ll soon become something you’re drawn towards time and time again.
  7. 70
    The Besnard Lakes might test the listener’s patience at times, but their commendable commitment to monumental scale and ambition often results in something thrillingly beautiful.
  8. Feb 1, 2021
    70
    The Besnard Lakes Are the Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings will assuredly be a favorite for longtime fans but may be a bit daunting for first timers and is not for the casual listener. However, for those willing to put in the time listening to the whole album, the payoff will be worth it in the end.
  9. Jan 27, 2021
    70
    Thunderstorm Warnings takes everything the Besnard Lakes have ever done well and provides it in abundance. There's nothing here that they haven't done before, but no one else has ever come close to encroaching on the band's niche of colliding intrepid Rush and King Crimson-style prog with the atmosphere of Montreal's storied post-rock scene, so why change now?
  10. Jan 27, 2021
    70
    This is serious music taking on weighty themes, although for the more casual listener it demands patience as the songs do take a while to lift off as layers of sound build into dark foreboding otherworldly soundscapes.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Feb 11, 2021
    8
    "It's enormous, it's imersive, it's amazing"

    A spacious vibe album, so imersive, and it's quite not "boring" as people would judge. It
    "It's enormous, it's imersive, it's amazing"

    A spacious vibe album, so imersive, and it's quite not "boring" as people would judge.
    It have the immersive extended and repetitive melodies tracks, but then it's breaked by the vocals and nicely melodies, bringing a rest for the listener, so we could enjoy the album without being so annoyed.
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  2. Jan 31, 2021
    8
    Shines true-to-form as a veritable adventure in atmospheric soundscapes with lush instrumentation and soaring vocals. A continuing triumph forShines true-to-form as a veritable adventure in atmospheric soundscapes with lush instrumentation and soaring vocals. A continuing triumph for the band. Full Review »