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HOSPICE

The Antlers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B002M9FZ34
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,874 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Kettering 5:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sylvia 5:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Atrophy 7:400.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Bear [Explicit] 3:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Thirteen 3:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Two [Explicit] 5:550.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Shiva 3:450.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wake 8:440.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Epilogue 5:280.89  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

There is much to say about Hospice, but of most import is its sheer heart. Born out of isolation and all manner of personal tumult suffered by bandleader Peter Silberman, it balances clinical austerity with deeply humanistic concerns, questioning the very nature of benevolence. More specifically, it asks where you draw the line: when does compassion become self-sacrifice? Likewise devotion, obsession? Selflessness, folly? These are big, searching questions, and Silberman posits them with an earnest conviction that on occasion proves excruciating.

The narrative finds its protagonist on the cusp of losing a loved one to terminal illness. A milieu of whitewashed cancer wards is vividly realised; from its stark artwork through to the duelling swathes of static and melody upon which it opens – and especially Silberman’s haunted, keening falsetto – Hospice is a fantastically evocative work, which refuses to shy away from its grand themes or unashamedly ‘concept’ tone.

Comparisons have been drawn with the likes of Arcade Fire, Cursive and Bon Iver, and they’re not far off the mark: these acts’ bludgeoning emotional weight and reflection on mortality is ubiquitous, and like Justin Vernon, Silberman wrangles great beauty out of solitude (this recording is the result of two years’ seclusion on his part).

Undoubtedly working best in its entirety, its 52 minutes variously clatter and soothe, thrash and pacify. Melodies circle and eddy throughout, brass and piano adding welcome shade to a shimmering sonic palette. Traditional song structures are present, but The Antlers’ expressive soundscapes are just as likely to dwindle and fade before emerging in notably different style – see the clinking waves of noise on Thirteen eventually ceding in order that Sharon Van Etten’s vocals glimmer and rise, or the dreamlike ripples that form when the bottom falls out of Two’s anthemic surge.

Implicitly a solemn, emotionally taxing record, it remains an utterly compelling and addictive piece of work. A conclusion of sorts is reached as it approaches its coda; amid the luminescent swell of Wake Silberman offers his central character comfort long overdue – an assertion of hope in the direst of circumstances. Because if Hospice is ultimately an exploration of sorrow and of guilt, it’s also a testament to the human spirit, and its lasting impression is one of cathartic, hard-won transcendence. --James Skinner

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"Catharsis comes minimal and maximal on this concept album... Noise, space and story pack a cumulative emotional wallop: it's a full trip album, sculpted for complete immersion" Album of the Week -- The Independent

"It is not only unique but quite astonishing" 8/10 -- NME

"an instant classic... From distorted, ambient noise to crescendos of explosive rock it grabs your attention quickly but reveals itself slowly"
5 Stars ***** -- The Telegraph

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern psalm of sorrow and loss. 23 Sep 2011
By Jack Chakotay VINE VOICE
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This is my third attempt at writing a review of this extraodinary album!

Hospice is a "once in a group's lifetime record" where every song/piece fits into the collection. I have read that this album was the result of the lead singer's experience of having endured an abusive relationship with someone suffering from cancer. The songs manage to commit to music the gamut of emotions of a deteriorating bond with a dying person. I also have to say that while I never like singers playing tricks with their voices, the lead's falsetto is near essential for this.

In my mind the first three songs are laments: sorrowful 'Kettering', raging 'Sylvia' and quiet reflective 'Atrophy'.

Then there are two songs which deliver an uplifting musical accompaniment :'Bear' which manages to mix acceptance and the vulgarity of the situation. 'Two' which relates the desperate silliness in the mess, recounting the memories that lead up to it. My previous reviews never appeared because I quoted certain lines with profanity in Bear, but I dare say all of it is justified in this album by making the lyrics very powerful.

Following that, there is the return to the hush of dying and death with 'Shiva'. 'Wake' is the singer's attempt to put a point across to the departed but it sounds like he is repeating the mantra to himself to make it real.

Then to reiterate the group's creative streak, the happiest tune in the record, 'Bear', gets twisted into a hollow and macabre sadness of loss: 'Epilogue'.

There are two non-lyric pieces which I thought were originally fillers: 'Prologue' and 'Thirteen'. On repeat listening to the album as a whole they are vital placemarks and tone setters. Unfortunately if you're sampling this never gets across properly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle on the ear, but heavy on the mind... 4 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Based on brilliant reviews, I decide to give this album a try, and now I will try and write my own to do it justice. Hospice tells an emotional narrative throughout its ten tracks of a man losing someone he loves to cancer, and it certainly isn't easy listening.

The lyrics are deep, harrowing and often brutal in their storytelling. But they are perfectly matched by frontman Peter Silberman's shaky falsetto vocals, which, coupled with the albums overall content makes Hospice at times reminiscent of Arcade Fire's Funeral. I don't like pulling out standout tracks when the album is so cohesive as a complete composition, but hey, I'm going to. First single `Bear' is beautiful and vulnerable, as Silberman's shivering vocals tell the story of an abortion, whilst `Two' raises the tempo and builds to an epic final verse.

To echo Silbermans lyrics from `Two' - "You had a new dream, it was more like a nightmare", the album is musically dream-like with gentle melodies building in vast crescendos, whilst the lyrical content is so deep and morbid in comparison, as the story of this nightmarish situation unfolds.

The album works fantastically, it had me hooked by the heartstrings in the same way Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago did last year. Hospice is gentle on the ear, but heavy on the mind, balanced perfectly to create wonderful wintery listening.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrible Truth 2 Sep 2009
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Don't expect an easy or a comfortable listen here.
Give it a chance however and you may open yourself
up to an extraordinary and memorable musical experience.

An album whose central subject is about pain and loss
will not endear it to major industry exposure.
Not that this should concern us. We have our own minds after all.

Peter Silberman and his cohorts Darbi Cicci and Michael Lerner
give us a glimpse behind the curtains of usually private grief.
An album devoted to the experience of losing a loved other to cancer.

Silberman's whole being seems to rise to the challenge
in these 10, often harrowing, compositions.
A voice strained and cracked and bleeding with raw emotion.
Sometimes pouring out of the tangled centre of the mix;
sometimes disembodied and trying to work its way in from the outside;
always focussed, however, and fiercly committed to the terrible truth
of the project's subject. Brave and uncompromising.

A track by track deconstruction would seem somehow
ignoble given the integrity of its creator's vision.
It is a powerfully realised coherent whole. A true labour of love.

There is light and shade even in some of the darkest places however
but the melodic and dynamic variation rarely let's us get too far away
from the suffocating reality of the tragedy unfolding before us.

The song 'Thirteen' is one of the saddest
and most haunting songs I have ever heard.

The unique energy communicated by this wonderful album is unimpeachable.

Essential.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 10 July 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Arrived just out of time. packaging seemed to have been threw a lot, but vinyl was ok.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite albums of all time 24 April 2014
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I really didn't expect this to be great but it's beautiful, moving, eerily sung, and a fantastic concept for an album. Also surprisingly great to sing along to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 24 Jan 2013
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It only took one listen to this superb album for me to be totally hooked; yes, it's dark and intense, but that's what makes it so amazing. I'm a a huge fan of Spiritualized and, despite my inherent dislike of comparing bands, I have to say if you like J Spaceman I think you'll love this....

Musically and emotionally satisfying, this has immediately eased it's melancholy way into my top ten. Just brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good
It's a decent album. Seems like every lyric had a meaning to the writer, which is refreshing, since it plays almost like a story. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mat
4.0 out of 5 stars great music
You should listen to this album from the first track to the last. That's the best way to appreciate Antlers and their unique music
Published on 6 Nov 2011 by muratceyhan
4.0 out of 5 stars It struck a chord.
Having a very close friend pass away from gastric cancer, I was introduced to this album by another friend who saw how low I was, and initally changed his mind and didn't want to... Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2011 by Forbidden City Cop
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, beautiful and comforting
Hospice is heavy. There's no denying it. It's an open-eyed representation of what it is to live through a loved one's suffering at the hands of cancer. Read more
Published on 23 July 2011 by kingrizla2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark (but note hopeless) journey.
Hospice is an album that works incredibly well on many levels; it is an haunting, melancholy album that can be used to inspire, it is a deeply personal emotional journey, it's a... Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2011 by The Orange Fellow
4.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing but Brilliant
Emotionally raw and at times harrowing but also cathartic and life affirming in a way that transends the sometimes painful lyrics.
Published on 21 Oct 2010 by J
5.0 out of 5 stars An experience
A work of art in and of itself, listen to Hospice in the correct track order with the lyrics booklet.
Incredible, insightful.
Published on 29 Aug 2010 by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars An experience
A work of art in and of itself, listen to Hospice in the correct track order with the lyrics booklet.
Incredible, insightful.
Published on 29 Aug 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly brilliant
A real suprise to me I had heard 'bear' and thought that was a great song so bought the album and was not disappointed though the angst and pain in many of the songs is clear this... Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2010 by S. Lockyer
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