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The Man Who Died In His Boat

Grouper

The Man Who Died In His Boat

Latest release of ambient / dream pop from Portland, Oregan artist Liz Harris recorded during the making of 2008's Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill

ADM rating[?]

7.9

Label
Kranky Records
UK Release date
04/02/2013
US Release date
05/02/2013
  1. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    This is music that challenges and provokes. It may require a bit of effort to 'get' Grouper, but it's worth it. And as this record illustrates, even her cast-offs are stunningly good
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  2. 8.8 |   Bowlegs

    Ambience and echos of solitude have rarely sounded so affective. A very special record
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  3. 8.5 |   The 405

    Grouper's conceptual vision and subtle songwriting makes this an immersive and ethereal addition to her impressive catalog
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  4. 8.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    These songs have a staying power as unassuming yet durable as moss on the side of a stone. They’re just there, doing their thing, at once transient and lingering like a fog that never quite dissipates
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  5. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    These eleven new tracks of soft-focus oneiric pop are exquisite, the equal of anything on the first album
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  6. 8.3 |   Pitchfork

    When it really hits, as it often does here, the music of Grouper creates a feeling that can only be defined as awe
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  7. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Rather than be pulled into the darkness, Harris boldly searches for meaning in this gorgeously reproduced world
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Suitably haunted and becalmed. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    When her singing does come into focus, as on the title track, it's almost unbearably intimate, but beautifully so
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  10. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Avoids the stigma of outtakes releases because it’s an ideal entry point into one of the most distinctive, fascinating musicians of our time
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  11. 8.0 |   music OMH

    It is apparent from the start that the album is a valuable piece of work in its own right however and its reclaimed origins should not bring any negative preconceptions
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  12. 7.0 |   Fact

    This is mood music in the best possible sense
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  13. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    The Man Who Died in His Boat feels immediately of its time, a period we know to be completely unique
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  14. 7.0 |   NME

    It envelopes you softly, despite between wholly inscrutable
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