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  • Vinyl (18 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B002GYKTQS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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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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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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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sept. 2009
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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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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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