The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid

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The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
Studio album by Stars of the Lid
Released October 29, 2001 (2001-10-29)
Genre Ambient, minimalist, drone
Length 123:54
Label Kranky
Producer Brian McBride, Adam Wiltzie
Stars of the Lid chronology
Avec Laudenum
The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
Stars of the Lid and Their Refinement of the Decline
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (8.6/10.0) [2]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars [3]
Stylus Magazine (A-) [4]

The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid is the sixth studio LP by ambient drone music group Stars of the Lid. It was released in late 2001 on the Kranky label, on two CDs and three LPs. The album features long minimal, droning compositions created from heavily treated guitar, horn, flute, piano, and other classical instruments. The second track, "Requiem For Dying Mothers, part 2", features a sample from the final scene of Andrei Tarkovsky's film Stalker, where the character Monkey pushes a glass across a table by way of telekinesis as a dog whines and a train whistle blows in the distance.[citation needed] The third track, "Down 3", contains a sample from the soundtrack to John Frankenheimer's 1966 film Seconds.[citation needed]

Critical reaction[edit]

The album was generally praised by critics. Thom Jurek, writing for Allmusic, stated:

There is a progression in all the music here, but it is so subtle, so quiet and un-intrusive, the listener would have to pay very careful attention to everything that is happening. More realistic, however, is for those who take pleasure in SOTL's music and inner space explorations — for this truly is a music of the inner terrain — to offer themselves little distraction other than a comfortable chair or resting place in order to let this music enter at will, naturally and expand until it takes you over the edge into something resembling sleep, but far more delicious.

—Thom Jurek[5]

The music review online magazine Pitchfork Media placed The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid at number 187 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
  1. "Requiem for Dying Mothers, part 1" – 6:36
  2. "Requiem for Dying Mothers, part 2" – 7:37
  3. "Down 3" – 5:46
  4. "Austin Texas Mental Hospital, part 1" – 2:48
  5. "Austin Texas Mental Hospital, part 2" – 12:18
  6. "Austin Texas Mental Hospital, part 3" – 5:47
  7. "Broken Harbors, part 1" – 3:31
  8. "Broken Harbors, part 2" – 6:47
  9. "Broken Harbors, part 3" – 9:16
Disc two
  1. "Mullholland" – 6:48
  2. "The Lonely People (Are Getting Lonelier)" – 10:07
  3. "Gasfarming" – 3:20
  4. "Piano Aquieu" – 10:54
  5. "FAC 21" – 3:08
  6. "Ballad of Distances, part 1" – 3:36
  7. "Ballad of Distances, part 2" – 3:00
  8. "A Lovesong (for Cubs)+, part 1" – 6:45
  9. "A Lovesong (for Cubs)+, part 2" – 8:05
  10. "A Lovesong (for Cubs)+, part 3" – 7:45


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Pitchfork review
  3. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  4. ^ Stylus review
  5. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  6. ^ Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200-151". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 1, 2009.