And Their Refinement of the Decline

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And Their Refinement of the Decline
Studio album by Stars of the Lid
Released April 7, 2007
Genre Ambient, classical, minimalist, drone
Length 120:32
Label Kranky
KRANK 100
Stars of the Lid chronology
The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
(2001)
And Their Refinement of the Decline
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (8.6/10) [2]
PopMatters (9/10) [3]
Robert Christgau C− [4]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars [5]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5 stars [6]

And Their Refinement of the Decline is the seventh studio album by Stars of the Lid, which was released on the Kranky Label in April 2007. The album features minimal, droning compositions of varied length created from treated guitar, horn, piano, and other classical instruments.

The track "Dopamine Clouds Over Craven Cottage" refers to Craven Cottage in London, the home stadium of English football club, Fulham F.C.. At the time of the album's release, their captain was ex-United States soccer international Brian McBride, who shares the same name as Brian McBride from Stars of the Lid. The track "Don't Bother They're Here" uses the melody of Stephen Sondheim's 1973 song "Send In The Clowns".

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Dungtitled (In A Major)" – 5:54
  2. "Articulate Silences Part 1" – 5:24
  3. "Articulate Silences Part 2" – 5:37
  4. "The Evil That Never Arrived" – 5:05
  5. "Apreludes (In C Sharp Major)" – 3:44
  6. "Don't Bother They're Here" – 10:10
  7. "Dopamine Clouds Over Craven Cottage" – 5:55
  8. "Even If You're Never Awake (Deuxième)" – 9:20
  9. "Even (Out) +" – 4:51
  10. "A Meaningful Moment Through a Meaning(less) Process" – 4:32

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Another Ballad for Heavy Lids" – 4:32
  2. "The Daughters of Quiet Minds" – 13:21
  3. "Hiberner Toujours" – 1:49
  4. "That Finger on Your Temple Is the Barrel of My Raygun" – 5:04
  5. "Humectez La Mouture" – 5:31
  6. "Tippy's Demise" – 8:18
  7. "The Mouthchew" – 3:40
  8. "December Hunting for Vegetarian Fuckface" – 17:45

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