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Burst Apart

The Antlers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Jun 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B004TTLRVY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Don't Want Love
2. French Exit
3. Parentheses
4. No Widows
5. Rolled Together
6. Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out
7. Tiptoe
8. Hounds
9. Corsicana
10. Putting the Dog to Sleep

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BBC Review

The Antlers' 2009 album Hospice was one of those niche successes. The sort that has the blogs purring, the odd clued-up broadsheet too, but doesn't quite stretch beyond the word-of-mouth glass ceiling. It deserved its kudos though, stirring up a quiet storm with ever so fragile atmospherics, Peter Silberman's heartbroken falsetto and songs that took hold simply through sticking around for so long, hardly moving a muscle, that they became part of your brain patterns. It helped that the melodies were gorgeous too. For Burst Apart, the New York trio have made their sound a little fuller – in the sense that an aircraft hangar's fuller if you throw in a sofa.

Only Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out (well, we've all been there) really cuts a rug, swinging along with politely swaggering guitar and an uncharacteristically throaty Silberman; otherwise, Burst Apart keeps a still, ghostly edge, with pattering beats here and there but firm emphasis on Silberman's vocal grace and eloquent guitar lines. It's a late-period Talk Talk approach carried over from Hospice, with just a hint of tighter commercial appeal.

Certain parallels seep in. The ringing, two-chord chime of I Don't Want Love is rather Doves, and No Widows builds the kind of dusky clouds that hung over Guillemots' recent Walk the River, but Wild Beasts are the real brothers here. Although there's no sign of the Beasts' quirkiness or sexy hips, Silberman's high pitch is a match for Hayden Thorpe's glorious reach and both bands carry a sense of a stadium rock band with taste – looking for a big sound but not at the expense of genuine emotion.

Burst Apart isn't a happy record, but it finds some grandeur in its sombre trials. So French Exit, where "Every time we meet you are shrieking in my ear", becomes a shy, pained anthem with its roaming synth signature; Hounds rises from a lone cushioned guitar to a horn-led big finale; closer Putting the Dog to Sleep even sounds as if it's going to be The Chemical Brothers' Where Do I Begin? for a couple of tantalising seconds, but we know it won't develop into a crashing loop of fuzzy beats. It will become a waltz with sparse clangs of metallic guitar. No surprises then, just a collection of mesmeric, epic stillness.

--Matthew Horton

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The Antlers Burst Apart

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holding Together 16 Jun 2011
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The Antlers' 2009 album 'Hospice' was about as far from easy-listening
as it is possible to travel but in its own way was a magnificent invention.
The intensity of both the music and the subject matter was overwhelming.

'Burst Apart' is not without its difficult moments too but the general
mood seems to have lightened somewhat. The structure of many of the
new songs is more open-textured and approachable (on 'French Exit',
for example things become almost jolly!) The melodic content is more
defined, less elusive; the rhythms not so ambiguous or abrasive (although
the howling 'Parenthesis' packs a bitter punch to the solar plexus!)

Peter Silberman's voice finds a wider range of tone and colour than of
yore too; his falsetto sounds ever more confident and affecting.
His performances on the lovely 'No Windows', 'Hounds' and 'Corsicana'
are particularly (especially the latter) contemplative and beautiful.

The tiny 'Tiptoe' slips in and out of focus like a dream; a shadowy
wordless interlude haunted by disembodied hums and whines and clatters.

Final track 'Putting The Dog To Sleep' finds the band back in fine
maudlin form. Mr Silberman sings his heart out with authentic passion.
It is a slow-moving, sad and deeply-stirring coda to a very fine album.

With 'Burst Apart' The Antlers may well have delivered one of the year's
finest recordings so-far. Once heard it's hard to get it out of your head.

Highly Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy successor to Hospice? 1 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
Their last album was my favourite of 2009 so my hopes were high, though slightly concerned that they may have peaked. Worry not, Burst Apart is worth the wait, unclear yet whether it matches its predecessor but improving with every listen. Some critics have talked about a renewed positivity, yet that's not easy to fathom with titles like Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out and Putting The Dog To Sleep. Another cheerless title, and opening track, I Don't Want Love is as catchy as they've done, Hounds also a possible single, Corsicana and the prior mentioned misery titles also excellent. Varied stuff, and a couple of tracks disappointing - French Exit too similar to Temper Trap, other tracks borrow from Portishead. Overall though it's more progress, and time will tell if it's a worthy successor to Hospice, but for now it's as good as I've heard in 2011.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Putting the ghost of Hospice to sleep 1 July 2011
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At the risk of sounding repetitive, let me put this disclaimer in first - this record is no _Hospice_. It could never be - and it doesn't want to be. If anything it wants to distance itself from the aura of that stunning record. _Hospice_ was a one-off. A towering record of such emotional depth that very few modern bands (if any) can come close to achieving without sounding self-indulgent or over-wrought. With my own experience of being in an abusive relationship in the past (brought upon by a serious illness but thankfully not resulting in death) that record was a punch in the gut. It had me in knots. There were nights that I would listen to the record on repeat and not sleep a wink. Even now, I can't listen to songs like `Two' and `Wake' without shedding a tear or two. But I think in the end it made it easier for me to cope with my situation. Therefore you would understand my attachment to that record. But if there's one thing we must all do, is that we must move on. We have to move on.

_Burst Apart_ is the record of the band moving on (or trying to at the very least). The band sounds relaxed and willing to experiment. It may underwhelm you at first listen, but persistence pays off. There are no `wall of sound' songs like `Sylvia' (save maybe for parts of `Parenthesis' or `Every night my teeth...') on this record and I suspect that is what had me underwhelmed during initial listens. But then I made a conscious effort to listen to this record on it's own merit, as if it were the work of a new band. And that's when it started coming together. This is an experimental pop gem (I hate the label Indie). The songs may sound laid back and sparse but this is plenty of depth to the compositions. This sounds like a full band effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A slow burner 10 Aug 2011
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Took me a little while to get into this album but that was woth it.

Those well-versed in dream journal interpretation could gather that from the mere title of "Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out" (a common symbolic manifestation of sexual frustration). After all, Burst Apart does open with "I Don't Want Love", a heartbreaking wallow in a numbing hangover from a singer who previously seemed doomed to feel too much. Its glistening melody at least helps it scan as pop, but "Parentheses" and "Every Night" feel cut from the same cloth as the Walkmen's "The Rat", holding onto sanity with white knuckles, sexual congress seen as mutually assured destruction.

Aside from those, Burst Apart's atmosphere is nocturnal and desolate. Foreboding death-crawl "No Widows" fears for vehicular disaster; brief flickers of light are allowed full exposure on the gorgeous, incantatory centerpiece "Rolled Together", whose brushed drum work and silvery guitars could be heard as a studiously completed homework assignment on Agaetis Byrjun. Meanwhile, the tender, nearly beatless balladry of "Hounds" and "Corsicana" are wholly the Antlers' own and painfully pretty to behold-- however depressive Silberman's lyrics, one can simply revel in the zero-gravity synth and vocal moans and feel some sort of uplift.

ASs I said in the introduction The Antlers won't hold your hand through Burst Apart, which will inevitably make it more of a grower, but stick around-- it's all the more affecting for how it allows you to pick your own stumbling, lonely path.
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