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(Almost) their best one yet.

I've been a large fan of this band for two reasons: I'm from Anacortes, and they are also a GOOD indie band, which are usually hit and miss these days. Their last two albums, Nuclear Winter and We Sing the Body Electric!, are very original works and this album is no different, although you can hear the obvious Death Cab influences (Chris Walla is their producer, after all). This album has some huge high points, but also a few missteps that keep it from being a truly phenomenal album. Songs such as lead single Turn Off this Song and Go Outside and I Don't Want to Live There have a raw energy and beauty to them that makes this band so fun to listen to in the first place. Newer songs such as Coyote and Tunnels are also great, and the title track Arrows is a fitting climax for the album. Being a big fan of the band, I give my complaints with love: firstly, the re-recording of We Sing In Time is awkward and forced compared to the orignal version. The original pretty much helped this band start making it big, because when you hear it they sound like they are just having a great time playing music and wailing on their instruments. On this newer version, they seem like they are trying way too hard to emulate the orignal sound, and Van Deusen's vocals definitely sound shot at points. It wouldn't have hurt for them to relax and just let loose more often on the album.The two "I Am" songs are a mediocre experiment, and are good instrumentally but lyrically lacking compared to the other songs on the album, despite the mature theme that they tackle. All in all, the good outweighs the bad, but it wouldn't hurt them to combine more of the raw energy off their last album with some of the maturity and growth seen on this one. This is a good album from a GREAT band, yet it leaves me in anticipation of how their next one will sound. Hopefully, they will continue to evolve while still retaining what made them special in the first place.


Best album I've heard in a while. I impulse bought this and don't regret it for a second. Every song is amazing. Buy this

This band is so great.

I saw them live with two door cinema club and Bombay bicycle club and they were sooo great! Do yourself a solid and listen to the lonely forest. you will love them!


Formed: Anacortes, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Formed in the waterfront town of Anacortes, Washington, the Lonely Forest center on the talents of vocalist/pianist John Van Deusen. The group came together as a quartet in 2005, when frontman Van Deusen chose to bolster his piano-driven compositions with help from guitarist Tony Ruland, drummer Braydn Krueger, and bassist Eric Sturgeon. The group's spacy sound attracted the ear of Seattle's Jack Endino (who, in 1989, produced Nirvana's Bleach), and the Lonely Forest subsequently entered Endino's...
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