• Record Label: Vector
  • Release Date: Oct 12, 2004
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    [An] especially forceful and cohesive album. [12 Nov 2004, p.120]
  2. Watch out for this guy’s next album, because I can guarantee it will contain a Top 40 hit. Go ahead and listen to him now so as to impress your friends later.
  3. Arthur is in a class of his own and Our Shadows Will Remain is a monstrous, memorable outing, his finest moment in a career that is thus far full of them.
  4. The album is so intricate, rich and multilayered that it’s difficult to do justice to its overall sound.
  5. Whether the songs get a grimy edge or sweet touch, the textured album leaves Shadows as a bright spot in the singer-songwriter genre.
  6. Mojo
    80
    Arthur's delicious art is a potent, concentrated thing. [Oct 2004, p.96]
  7. If at first the songs feel ordinary, perseverance reveals the haunting quality of Arthur's imagery, and the rich patina of his careworn voice.
  8. Q Magazine
    80
    It might be wearing, were it not for the fact that his voice... is a thing of considerable power. [Aug 2005, p.122]
  9. Here, as on previous albums, Arthur demonstrates his gift for emotionally direct songwriting, but the specifics often escape his attention.
  10. Filter
    76
    These dozen lushly orchestrated songs will give further ammunition for those shouting his praises off their rooftops. [#13, p.97]
  11. Sturdier production and straightforward songwriting make a strong backbone for someone once lauded for his mysticism.
  12. His most accessible and engaging CD to date.
  13. Blender
    70
    The best of Shadows lives in murky half-light where texture matters as much as melody. [Oct 2004, p.112]
  14. Uncut
    60
    Too eclectic for his own good, perhaps? [Sep 2005, p.100]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. CrackAlack
    Oct 16, 2006
    1
    I asked a friend for any new good underground rock and roll. He had me listen to "Can't Exist" and I liked it. Bought the album and was I asked a friend for any new good underground rock and roll. He had me listen to "Can't Exist" and I liked it. Bought the album and was disappointed. I hate weepie indie rock. Boo! Full Review »
  2. BrendanN
    Jun 22, 2006
    9
    Listen to the track "Can't Exist". Peel yourself off the ceiling. Repeat.
  3. CM
    Dec 5, 2005
    8
    haunting if a little uneven in places, a wonderful album none the less, and "Even Tho" is a standout track that deserves a wider audience