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Now Only

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Now Only

Ninth studio album from Phil Elverum continues to address the loss of his wife, Geneviève Castrée

ADM rating[?]

8.4

Label
P.W. Elverum & Sun
UK Release date
16/03/2018
US Release date
16/03/2018
  1. 10.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    There is subtle craft to the stunning turns of phrase, the sequencing of verses and surprising shifts in mood. Elverum has prolonged his wife’s echo with a universal collection of songs, powerful as any literature on the human experience
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  2. 10.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    The first time I listened to Now Only, it was raining and I cried for 10 minutes
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  3. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Elverum may spend the rest of his career grappling with his grief. It’s a tough, beautiful privilege to be invited along on that journey
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  4. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Although it is often an excruciating listen, it also finds room to step, however briefly, outside of the agony that marked its predecessor, if just for long enough to suggest that Elverum is, somehow, beginning to find some relief in the unbearable
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  5. 9.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Now Only is still as wrenching and direct as its predecessor, but concerns itself, at times, with the bitter truth that, sooner rather than later, he’ll be gone, too
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  6. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    An emotionally nuanced meditation on death that is both heartbreaking and hopeful
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  7. 8.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    If you choose to look for the metaphors, there's beauty and even redemption to be found in Now Only; if you don't, there's a kind of quiet acceptance in the numbness
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  8. 8.5 |   The 405

    Mount Eerie continues to poetically mourn the loss of his wife on Now Only, but with new perspective and openness
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  9. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    The expansive companion album to last year’s A Crow Looked At Me is no less a marvel. Phil Elverum’s latest is part memoir and part magnum opus, sung softly and with wonder
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  10. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    It's part two of a painfully vivid window into the grieving process, and like part one, it's brilliant
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  11. 8.5 |   Earbuddy

    Even though there is only one track titled "Crow Pt. 2", the entire record serves as a sequel to 2017's tragic landmark
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  12. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Many will see it as Crow Pt. 2, which is fair, and there’s no telling when or if Elverum will go back to spinning fantasies about the vastness of the universe. It’d be a stretch to say he’s doing better, but at least he’s figuring things out, and that’s a good sign
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  13. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Elverum’s voice’s masculinity-defying diffidence couldn’t be more indie, but his words now add all the weight he needs
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  14. 8.0 |   music OMH

    This offers some welcome encouragement that Elverum is going to make it through to the other side, which – for all the significant artistic achievements of his last two records – we are all surely rooting for him to do
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  15. 8.0 |   All Music

    Like A Crow Looked at Me, Only Now overflows with love, but Elverum never romanticizes death
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  16. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Mount Eerie follows the remarkable A Crow Looked at Me with a similarly styled album that will be of interest to Mount Eerie devotees but feels more downbeat and less necessary than its predecessor
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  17. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Phil Elverum’s last album focused unsparingly on his wife’s death, and a year later, the loss is still paralysing, though leavened with tiny moments of hope
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