Burst Apart

        Brooklyn's The Antlers was one of the bands I saw at Lollapalooza on a gray rainy morning some years ago. While their ambient pop music isn't usually good festival fodder, it worked out. Burst Apart certainly carries the stigma as well.

        This is not the sort of album that you can rock out to. This isn't even an album that you can sing along to (even if I could make out some of the falsetto lyrics, sometimes I still don't know what they are singing about). But, if its a rainy day, or you are trying to unwind, this album is great.

        Songs like Parentheses, Rolled Together and I Don't Want Love are equally great if you are listening to them in the background, or you have on a set of $200 headphones. No Widows is my favorite track on the album. Reminiscent of the soundtrack to that old 80s Cartoon, The Mysterious Cities of Gold, it's got a great eerie vibe to it.

        I can see where this album wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, and it certainly does demand a certain set of circumstances. I still thought It was one of the best to come out of 2011.