The Wilderness

Album Review of The Wilderness by Cemeteries.

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The Wilderness


The Wilderness by Cemeteries

Release Date: Oct 23, 2012
Record label: Lefse Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock

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The Wilderness - Fairly Good, Based on 4 Critics

New Musical Express (NME) - 80
Based on rating 4/5

Never has a name been quite so misleading as the one Buffalo native Kyle J Reigle has chosen for his musical alter ego. By rights, Cemeteries should be a black-metal band covered in corpse paint and hurling disembowelled farm animals into their crowds. But what Reigle actually offers up is a beguiling and ethereal experience of gentle, witchy folk-pop, which feels like it should send bucketloads of dry ice tumbling out of the speakers as it plays.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

At its foggy surface, Cemeteries’ debut album The Wilderness appears to be made by a stripped-down group playing clean, efficient indie rock, but in truth (with the exception of some additional drum programming by Jonathan Joviero), multi-instrumentalist Kyle J. Reigle handles all the musical duties. His songs have a hint of gloom, but nothing as scary as the goth name suggests.

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PopMatters - 60
Based on rating 6/10

Cemeteries The Wilderness was a record of intent. The man behind it all, Kyle J. Reigle, kept finding inspiration beyond the trappings of his Cleveland apartment in woods nearby. This sense of naturalism informs almost every crevice of Wilderness. Its structures are sprawling, its tone is warm and ….

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Beats Per Minute (formerly One Thirty BPM) - 52
Based on rating 52%%

CemeteriesThe Wilderness[Lefse Records; 2012]By Ray Finlayson; October 24, 2012Purchase at: Insound (Vinyl) | Amazon (MP3 & CD) | iTunes | MOGSome brilliant records can’t be described, and explaining to another person why you feel an important connection with it, why it means something significant to you, and how it makes you feel, can be ineffably troubling. When there’s a deep personal connection, it’s near enough impossible to have another person fully understand why an album means something to you. Terrible records, on the other hand, are usually much easier to write about, as it’s elementary to climb upon a high horse and pipe up about why you think everyone will/should hate this particular collection of songs.

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