Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters is the debut studio album by Scottishindie rock band The Twilight Sad, released by Fat Cat Records on 3 April 2007 in the US, and 7 May 2007 in the UK. The album features production from Peter Katis and the band themselves. It was recorded over a short period of just three days, and the songs featured were the first ones the band had ever written.
Vocalist James Graham commented on the difference between the band's live show and the album, stating that, "If you came to see us live before you actually heard the record or any recordings we made, you'd probably think we were kind of a noisy band. If you had the record and sat down with it, you can totally see it's more than noise."
The Twilight Sad performed Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters in its entirety for the first time in December 2013, with further UK dates performing the full album in April and May 2014. The tour dates coincide with the release of a deluxe edition reissue of the debut album, with bonus tracks including demos and rarities, scheduled for release on Record Store Day 2014. The reissue will be pressed as a double vinyl LP, limited to 500 copies only, and available in the United Kingdom only.
Regarding the album's lyrical content, Graham remarked that:
All the songs are just pretty much about what's happened to us, people that I know, and where we live. [...] I never really tell anyone what the songs are about because my favorite songs are the ones that I don't really know the exact meanings to either; I have my own perceptions of those songs and can relate it back to myself. So, it's just something that I always said, that I would keep what the songs are all about to myself.
Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters was released to mostly positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 based on reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a favourable score of 79, based on 16 reviews.Pitchfork Media praised the "vividness of the lyrical themes" and "street-level earthiness", awarding the album an 8.6 out of 10 rating.The Skinny awarded the album 5 out of 5 stars, hailing the album as "one of the finest Scottish albums in years." Both The Skinny and Teletext's music page Planet Sound named Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters as the best album of 2007. Regarding the album's warm critical reception, guitarist Andy MacFarlane stated that the band didn't expect the acclaim and that they "just wanted to release something that we were happy with," adding that "[the band] didn't expect anyone else to like it."
In December 2007, the album's opening track "Cold Days from the Birdhouse" was voted number 73 on Pitchfork Media's "Top 100 Tracks of 2007" list. In December 2009, Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters ranked number 2 in The Skinny's "Scottish Albums of the Decade" list.