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  • Summary: The live recording of some of Phil Elverum's songs from A Crow Looked At Me and Now Only performed in a 13th century Gothic church during 2017's Le Guess Who? festival in the Netherlands.
  • Record Label: P.W. Elverum & Sun Ltd.
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Indie Pop, Experimental Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Sep 24, 2018
    100
    It sits in the top tier with other indie folk/rock live albums, like Bill Callahan’s Rough Travel for a Rare Thing, Ryan Adams’s Live at Carnegie Hall (the full version), the Elliott Smith bootleg Live at Studion, and, of course, Kozelek’s Live at Biko. But there’s something worthwhile about these albums that goes beyond their technical mastery and the songs they contain.
  2. Sep 24, 2018
    85
    There's something necessary about this live record--a further expression of mourning and hope from an artist that has in recent years been able to articulate grief and resilience in the most astounding, human, vulnerable ways.
  3. Oct 1, 2018
    81
    Though Crow and Now Only are spare records, Jacobikerk makes the versions on (after) sound hollow but full. Elverum’s voice, impossibly soft, fills the space with solemn clarity. But the most striking thing about (after) is that, even after so many performances, these songs sound as raw as they did when Elverum first committed them to paper and tape.
  4. Sep 24, 2018
    80
    True to Elverum's artistic instincts, the record captures a moment in time that neither he nor the audience will ever be able to recreate, which is ultimately a blessing for everyone involved.
  5. Sep 24, 2018
    80
    Simply put, (After) is another brave and beautiful document tracing how Elverum's sorrow and love continue to change shape.
  6. Oct 2, 2018
    80
    The work is too much for casual listening, and it refuses to be background music. And so, perhaps live performance is the most appropriate setting. This double disc captures both the awkwardness of performing such inward-looking material and the communion this sort of sharing carves out. Elverum’s lyrics are searing in their specificity.