Words Count! Word Counts!

This post is a record of all the words (i.e. adjectives, nouns) denoting specific qualities, techniques and aspects of the album that both professional and amateur music critics enjoyed about each album in their review listed under their title. Data collected using the sources for ‘professional ratings’ in each albums respective Wikipedia article (if applicable), review aggregates such as MetaCritic, Google search and user reviews from SputnikMusic and RateYourMusic.

Some of the terminology used within the reviews will be edited slightly to create data that is useful for comparative purposes, as reviewers seldom bluntly use adjectives with nouns, for example;

Then, the [guitar] riff returns, heavier and more rushing.

This line of the review would be better represented as heavy guitars and rushing guitars in the data set. Otherwise, identical concepts with divergent phrasing would create unnecessary semantic duplicates.

Note some weblinks may be Archive.org links as reviews and websites often become depreciated.

65daysofstatic – The Fall of Math

yearning guitars, punishing cymbals, sampled-vocals, palm-muted guitars, off-beat drums, glitched beats, complex rhythms, quiet-loud, quiet piano, distorted drums, urgent guitars, harmonic melodies, quiet-loud, ambient sounds, digital noise, dreamy, hard-hitting, instrumental, instrumental, noisy drums, fuzzy drums, soaring guitars, quiet piano, booming bass, progressive, heavy, dissonant, tension, controlled noise, crescendo, glockenspiel, twinkling, sparkling, intense, computer noise, wall-of-sound, feedback, dynamics, tension, dark, tempestuous, glitch rhythms, string-laden, melodic, breakbeats, minimalist keyboard, syncopated beats, simplicity, quiet-loud, idiosyncratic, progressive rhythms, agonising guitars, rushing guitars, dark, breakbeat, melodic, glockenspiel, heavy guitars, progressive guitars, spacious, cerebral, quiet, instrumental, live drums, sampled drums, off-beat drums, sparse melodies, simple melodies, complex rhythms, crescendo, industrial, gritty, electronic drums, live drums, sampled-vocals, rushing guitars, feedback, crescendo, intense, live drums, electronic drums, heavy guitars, clean guitars, tension, heavy guitars, haunting piano, heavy guitars, instrumental, industrial, dainty xylophone, emotional, epic, emotional

Reviews;

Drowned in Sound review
PopMatters review
SputnikMusic review
BlogCritics review (U.S. Release) (via WayBack Machine)
Clash Music review

A Silver Mt. Zion – He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Still Grace The Corner of Our Rooms…

creeping piano, writhing strings, sampled-vocals, strolling bass, feedback, steady bass, sporadic, airy piano, swelling strings, pretentious, sparse, silence, dynamic, nervous vocals, unrefined vocals, sampled-vocals, reverb drums, angelic violins, plucked cellos, sparse organs, indistinguishable noises, emotional, sad, harrowing, minimalist, acoustic, classical, stripped-down, thundering piano, sparse chords, reverb, minimalist, feedback, noise, piano, lone violins, tremolo, reverb guitar, thrashing violins, sombre piano, soft piano, choir, reverb, dry vocals, shimmering guitar, avant-garde, harmonising vocals, atmospheric, heart-rending piano, indistinguishable voices, saccharine organ, drones, found-sounds, sampled-vocals, harrowing, atmospheric, intimate, delayed piano, crescendo, guitars drones, eerie, dark,

Reviews;

Pitchfork review
SputnikMusic review 2
OpusZine review
CampusVinyl review

Do Make Say Think – & Yet & Yet

intricate melodies, crunchy guitars, noise, quiet, quiet-loud, harmony, syncopated rhythms, sparse guitars, horns, synthesizers, atmosphere, disparate sounds, field-recording, found-sounds, complex, repetition, spacious, tension, buzzing synthesizers, dread, delicate piano, distorted guitars, sparse bass, muted electronic drums, field-recordings, faint synthesizers, ringing guitars, distorted noise, intricate drums, fluid bass, solemn horns, crescendo, layered vocals, sleigh-bells, horns, instrumental, off-beat cymbals, mellow, crescendo, droning guitars, delayed guitars, repetition, strings, organs, trumpet, instrumental, tension, release, ambient, texture, fervent cymbals, slow keyboard, blazing guitars, dual drums, minimalist melody, deft horns, tremolo, sparse guitars, off-beat drums, distorted guitars, dub bass, urgent guitars, sparse guitars, clean guitars, yearning trumpet, muted tones, layered-vocals, dub guitars, warm drone, muted static noise, ambient,

Reviews;

Drowned in Sound review
Pitchfork review
SputnikMusic review 2
OpusZine review

 

Explosions in the Sky – All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone

delicate, loops, dynamic, fuzz, shimmering guitars, reverb, magmatic rhythm, piano arpeggios, loops, crescendo, elongated guitars, shimmering, blinding, esoteric, silvery guitars, tension, screaming guitars, suspension, quiet-loud, instrumental, instrumental, atmospheric, ambience, piano, background, texture, crescendo, start-and-stop, quiet-loud, melodic, texture, consonance

Reviews;

Drowned in Sound review
PopMatters review
Pitchfork review
SputnikMusic review
Tiny Mix Tapes review

Explosions in the Sky – The World Is Not A Cold Dead Place

expansive, quiet-loud, melodic, shimmering guitars, crescendo, chiming guitars, rattling bass, combusting drums, instrumental, simple, crescendo, accelerando, quiet-loud, dynamic, chiming guitars, upbeat guitars, military drums, crescendo, distorted, joyous crescendo, warm, lilting guitars, shimmering guitars, steady groove, echo, shadowy mix, sparking guitars, calming bass drum, rollicking snare, military drums, meditative guitars, feverish guitars, crescendo, hopeful, cresting guitars, cresting cymbals, ringing guitars, sleigh-bells, military drums, rising guitars, quiet-loud, chiming chords, surging guitars, slow-burn

Reviews;

Drowned in Sound review
Pitchfork review
SputnikMusic review
OpusZine review
Tiny Mix Tapes review

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – F#A#∞

drones, violins, harrowing soundscapes, found-sounds, minimalist, avant-garde, xylophone, raw, whining guitars, violins, crescendo, echo, scattered sounds, lonely strings, drums, horns, crescendo, silence, melancholic, atmospheric, soundscapes, epic, climax, strings, glockenspiel, slide guitars, eerie, field-recordings, atmospheric, gentle guitars, rumbling bass, rattling drums, harmonised vocals, electronic noise, sampled-vocals, dark, soundscapes, violins, cellos, epic, soundscapes, melancholic guitars, slow bass, western guitars, crescendo, clean acoustic guitars, xylophone, bagpipes, abysmal guitars, clean guitars, repetition, frantic crescendo, ambient noise, wind-chimes, tribal beats, repetition, military drums, distorted guitars, tremolo, ambient noise, frantic rhythm,

Reviews;

Pitchfork review (via WayBack Machine)
SputnikMusic review
ProgArchives review
PunkNews review

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

wailing guitars, rumbling bass, screaming strings, crescendo, rise-and-fall, field-recordings, radio static noises, noise, feedback, tape loops, climax, slow-burn, epic, soundscapes, quiet, droning strings, loops, odd sounds, sad piano, ambient noises, distorted radio, field-recordings, plucked guitars, weeping strings, haunting, dark, avant-garde, shoegazing, crescendo, noise, cello, rising violin, military drums, guitars, blaring trumpets, rise-and-fall, plucked guitars, bowed guitars, rumbling toms, distorted guitars, tension, dissipation, noise, field-recordings, sparse piano, drones, static, ambient, repetition, chimes, machine, glockenspiel loops, reverb, organs, dark ambient guitars, humming synths, echo guitars, noise, screaming, aural landscape, static, sampled-vocals, slow, build-up, cello, viola, guitars, cymbals, bass crescendo, climax, swells, chamber-group, weeping strings, droning guitars, harmonic textures, shifting dynamics, melancholic, delicate strings, screaming feedback, pounding drums, cinematic soundscapes, instrumental, field-recordings, room noise, ambience

Reviews;

Pitchfork review
SputnikMusic review
OpusZine review
Tiny Mix Tapes review
SPIN Magazine review (via Google Books)

Mogwai – Mr. Beast

clean-vocals, quiet-loud, crescendo, spoken-word, slow, gentle, distorted-vocals, pedal-steel-guitar, shimmer, intimate, shimmering keyboard, tremolo, quiet-loud, caustic feedback, haunting guitars, ominous drums, piano, epic dynamics, piano, electronic, noise, heavy, feedback, ebb-and-flow, quiet piano, phaser, distorted guitars, crescendo, spoken-word, guitars, synthesizer, pedal-steel-guitar, vocoder, harmonics, screaming guitars, tension, quiet-loud, crescendo, spoken-word, twinkling guitars, splintery beats, heavy, ebb-and-flow, moody

Reviews;

Drowned in Sound review
Pitchfork review
SputnikMusic review
Kerrang! magazine review (via Young Team)
MOJO Magazine review (via Young Team)
Tiny Mix Tapes review

Mogwai – Mogwai Young Team

epic, instrumental, shoegazing, piano interludes, sampled-vocals, radio samples, instrumental, spoken-word, slow-burn, melodic bass, heavy, quiet, distortion, flute swirls, percussion, calm, glockenspiel, sampled-vocals, clean-vocals, quiet-loud, ambient, rolling bass, rise-and-fall, chiming glockenspiel, sampled-vocals, epic, repetition, piano, tension, release, loudness, silence, quiet-loud, industrial,

Reviews;

Pitchfork original album review (via WayBack Machine)
Pitchfork Deluxe Edition review
SputnikMusic review
PopMatters review
Tiny Mix Tapes review

Russian Circles – Enter

instrumental, noodling, gnashing guitars, heavy, tapping, clean guitars, piano, crescendo, unpredictable rhythms, instrumental, dynamics, dense, dissonance, instrumental, emotional, complex beats, prominent bass, loops, guitars, instrumental, dissonance, consonance, tapping, tremolo, crescendo, heavy beats, clean reverb guitars, overdriven, tapping, heavy, flows, epic, dense, emotional, soundscapes, quiet-loud, crescendo, emotional, interwoven guitars, dynamic drums, crescendo, wall-of-sound, faint guitars, atmospheric, sparse instrumentation, heavy, eerie synths,

Reviews;

Pitchfork review
Drowned in Sound review
PopMatters review
SputnikMusic review
PunkNews review
Scene Point Blank review

Sigur Rós – Ágætis Byrjun

wordless-vocals, eerie, bowed guitars, feedback build-up, piano, ambient, orchestral, climax, repetition, flute, acoustic-guitar, chilling vocals, quiet, atmospheric, horns, cymbals, shouting, feedback, electronic noises, organs, brushes, drums, violin, massive guitars, noise, chamber instruments, minimalist drums, acoustic interludes, vocals, muted horns, swirls, bass, hissing drums, rhodes piano, tremolo, feedback, flute, piano, wordless-vocals, sparse, cold, ethereal ambience, soundscapes, layered, strings, ambient, echo, feedback, ambience, reverb, bass, twinkling sounds, cello, violin, strings, brass, texture, ambience, harmonica, vocals, atmosphere, tremolo, climax, anguished violin, cello, simple guitars, layered vocals, blaring trumpet, glissando, trombone, choir, dense, harmonisation, reverse, delayed guitars, epic, wordless-vocals, piano, harrowing, primal, choir, strings, acoustic guitars,

Reviews;

Pitchfork review
Drowned in Sound review
SputnikMusic review
Tiny Mix Tapes review
Slant Magazine review

Sigur Rós – Takk

vocals, ebbs-and-flows, emotional, orchestral swell, drones, epic, orchestral, screaming vocals, distorted guitars, quiet-loud, brass, shrill, ambience, crescendo, consonance, strings, ambience, strings, oscillation, strings, horns, vocals, orchestral, warm, orchestral, bass, drums, piano, horns, samples, prominent strings, twinkling swirls, chimes, echo guitars, heavy distorted guitars, ethereal, antsy drums, piano, tinny glockenspiel, vocal harmonies, wall-of-sound, noise, atmospheric

Reviews;

Pitchfork review
SputnikMusic review
Tiny Mix Tapes review
BBC Music review
Slant Magazine review

Slint – Spiderland

chilling, ambience, guitars, spoken-word, clean guitars, spoken-vocals, bleak, noise, quiet-loud, spoken-word, mechanical, intimate, vocals, instrumental, tension, build-up, climax, hissing, stabbed guitars, dynamic shifts, blues

Reviews;

Pitchfork review
SputnikMusic review
Clash Magazine review
Louder than War review
Paste Magazine review

This Will Destroy You – s/t

instrumental, cataclysmic guitars, soundscapes, emotional, desolate, optimistic, radio static noises, noise, distorted, feedback, shimmering, simple guitars, slow-burn, fuzz, distorted guitars, haunting, joyous, swirling, crescendo, atmospheric, ambient, samples, warm, swell, ambient, minimalist, subtle guitars, orchestral guitars, atmospheric, electronic noise, blips, delayed guitars, ambient, meandering bass, industrial, soundscapes, electronic drums, quiet-loud, textures, drones, warm, avant-garde, electronic noises, shimmering, shining, reverb guitars, swells, electronic drums, delayed, feedback, swells, crescendo, dynamic, distorted, instrumental

Reviews;

Drowned in Sound review
SputnikMusic review
PunkNews review
RockSound.tv Magazine review press clipping (via Magic Bullet Records)
Scene Point Blank review

Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die

instrumental, epic, atmospheric, gentle guitars, soft guitars, dub organs, jazzy, atmospheric, gentle guitars, instrumental, creeping bass, storm electronics, developing beats, bright, electric pianos, shimmering tambourine, minimalist, marimba, vibraphone, vibraphone, slithery bass, determined snare, twangy guitars, unravelling patterns, fractured, marimba, xylophone, polyphonic, ambient, layered vocals, melancholic, slow-burn, texture, silence, dark bass, reverb, vibraphone, bass driven, reverb, organs swell, electronic noises, dense, syncopated, mechanical drums, repetition, drones, layered, instrumental, metallic, reverb guitars, marimba melodies, patient rhythm, electronic guitars, ebb-and-flow, warped strings, languorous guitars, sluggish drums, vibraphone, drifting, congas, noise, reverb, atmospheric, strummed bass, call-and-response, metallic strings, drone, electronic drums, sampled-vocals, flute, instrumental,

Reviews;

SputnikMusic review
BBC Music review
SPIN Magazine review (via Google Books)
Independent Ethos review
The Line of Best Fit review

Yndi Halda – Enjoy Eternal Bliss

harmonised strings, soft percussion, violins, soft guitars, patient atmosphere, gentle snare, gentle cymbals, crescendo, slow-burn, ambient atmosphere, wordless-vocals, glockenspiel, climatic, quiet-loud, crescendo, horns, military drums, woodwinds, emotional, silence, sprawling violins, sorrowful violins, xylophone, start-and-stop, crescendo, instrumental, warm, wordless-vocals, glockenspiel, sweeping violins, thundering climax, instrumental, violin-led, distorted guitars, distorted strings, crescendo, wordless-vocals, romantic ambience, epic, instrumental, emotional, ebbs-and-flows, violins, clarinets, glockenspiel, visceral soundscapes

Reviews;

Drowned in Sound review
PopMatters review
Pitchfork review
SputnikMusic review 4
SputnikMusic review 3
Tiny Mix Tapes review
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