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  • Artist(s): Jonny Pierce, Jacob Graham
  • Summary: The third full-length release from the Brooklyn-based indie rock band that is now a duo of Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham after Connor Hanwick left in late 2012.
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Magic Mountain
Only wanted Only to care Only us Only In the dark days they jump a soul Inside my magic mountain we don't have to be with them Inside my magic... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    Look into this Encyclopedia and you'll find The Drums defining themselves for now and forever. [Sep/Oct 2014, p.75]
  2. 75
    Encyclopedia might not be a record to soundtrack cheery bank holiday getaways, but it provides enough counter-attack to its own bleakness that it's not an inherently malicious listen (although it does have its moments).
  3. 67
    Despite the occasionally rote nature of Encyclopedia, you can never doubt for a second that the emotions underpinning every word and every note are genuine.
  4. Sep 22, 2014
    60
    Encyclopedia finds the Drums throwing everything at the wall, seeing what sticks, and then releasing the results as an album.
  5. Sep 22, 2014
    60
    On the whole Encyclopedia is a bit of a misanthropic drag.
  6. 60
    Their first new music in three years, is a cohesive listen.
  7. Sep 17, 2014
    40
    Encyclopedia is the sound of The Drums trying to find their feet once again, an endeavour not yet fully accomplished.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 9, 2015
    9
    Track Ratings:
    Magic Mountain: A-
    Can't Pretend: A I Hope Time: A+ Kiss Me Again: B Let Me: B Break My Heart: A- Face of God: A US
    Track Ratings:
    Magic Mountain: A-
    Can't Pretend: A
    I Hope Time: A+
    Kiss Me Again: B
    Let Me: B
    Break My Heart: A-
    Face of God: A
    US National Park: A
    Deep in My Heart: B-
    Bell Laboratories: B+
    There Is Nothing Left: A+
    Wild Geese: A

    Great Album. A lot of people may disagree with me but this is the Drum's best album. It's really up to your opinion so give it a listen if you haven't already.
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  2. Nov 28, 2015
    8
    I loved The Drums eponymous debut but after the somewhat underwhelming "Portemento" I was in no real rush to get a hold of album number 3,I loved The Drums eponymous debut but after the somewhat underwhelming "Portemento" I was in no real rush to get a hold of album number 3, "Encyclopedia". When I did eventually get around to listening to it, I was pleasantly surprised. The band maintain their mix of guitars and synth pop music but there is definitely an urgency present on this record that eluded The Drums for most of "Portemento". The first 5 tracks of "Encyclopedia" sit comfortably next to their best work. It is really this first half of the album that carries the rest with "There is Nothing Left" the only true standout moment on what you would call side 2. "Encyclopedia" doesn't quite put The Drums back in front of the pack as contenders for the saviours of indie pop but it reassures us that the creative juices are still flowing. Expand
  3. Sep 23, 2014
    7
    Whilst The Drums retain their contradictory noir-yet-sunshiney songwriting, Encyclopedia sees the duo dig deeper and go darker. Gone are theWhilst The Drums retain their contradictory noir-yet-sunshiney songwriting, Encyclopedia sees the duo dig deeper and go darker. Gone are the hand clap choruses and here to stay is a band that have ensured they will not fade into oblivion. Expand