All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone

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All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
Studio album by Explosions in the Sky
Released February 20, 2007
Recorded Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minnesota – August 2006 with John Congleton
Genre Post-rock
Length 43:34
Label Temporary Residence Limited
Producer Explosions in the Sky
Explosions in the Sky chronology
The Rescue
All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
Mojo 4/5 stars[6]
Observer Music Monthly 4/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media (6.0/10)[8]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[9]
Spin 4/5 stars[10]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[11]

All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone is the fifth studio album from American post-rock band Explosions in the Sky. It was released February 20, 2007.


The album title itself is perhaps a reference to a line of dialogue spoken by the character of Mabel Longhetti (Gena Rowlands) in the 1974 John Cassavetes post-modern drama A Woman Under the Influence. Having just seen her children taken off to school by their grandmother, Mabel states, "All of a sudden I miss everyone; I don't know why.". Another strong possibility is that the title refers to a famous The Catcher In The Rye quote during its 26th (and last) chapter. As narrated by its lead character Holden Caulfield: "All I know about it is, I sort of miss everybody I told about.".

The title of the song "The Birth and Death of the Day" appears in the 1952 novel East of Eden by John Steinbeck:

I remember that the Gabilan Mountains to the east of the valley were light grey mountains full of sun and loveliness and a kind of invitation, so that you wanted to climb into their warm foothills almost as you want to climb into the lap of a beloved mother. They were beckoning mountains with a brown grass love. The Santa Lucias stood up against the sky to the west and kept the valley from the open sea, and they were dark and brooding-unfriendly and dangerous. I always found in myself a dread of west and a love of east. Where I ever got such an idea I cannot say, unless it could be that the morning came over the peaks of the Gabilans and the night drifted back from the ridges of the Santa Lucias. It may be that the birth and death of the day had some part in my feeling about the two ranges of mountains.[12]

The album artwork is by a frequent collaborator Esteban Rey.

The album took two years to record[citation needed] and debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 76, selling 11,000 copies in its first week on the chart.[13]

A limited edition version of the album came with a bonus CD of remixes of all 6 tracks on the album. The double vinyl version of this album came in two versions: a standard edition on black vinyl (available commercially) and a limited edition version (limited to 2000 copies) on white and green marble vinyl. This latter was sold exclusively on the Temporary Residence Limited web store and with the band on tour.

Explosions in the Sky appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on February 20, 2007 and performed a shortened version of "Welcome, Ghosts".[14]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Length
1. "The Birth and Death of the Day"   7:49
2. "Welcome, Ghosts"   5:43
3. "It's Natural to Be Afraid"   13:27
4. "What Do You Go Home To?"   4:59
5. "Catastrophe and the Cure"   7:56
6. "So Long, Lonesome"   3:40
Disc two (bonus disc of remixes)
No. Title Length
1. "The Birth and Death of the Day" (Jesu mix) 9:48
2. "Welcome, Ghosts" (Adem mix) 6:24
3. "It's Natural to Be Afraid" (The Paper Chase mix) 6:53
4. "What Do You Go Home to?" (Mountains mix) 10:23
5. "Catastrophe and the Cure" (Four Tet mix) 8:33
6. "So Long, Lonesome" (Eluvium mix) 5:40


  1. ^ "Critic Reviews for All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone". Metacritic. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone at AllMusic
  3. ^ Purdum, Grant (February 15, 2007). "Explosions In The Sky - All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ Simon Vozick-Levinson (February 16, 2007). "All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone Review | Music Reviews and News". Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ Betty Clarke (February 16, 2007). "CDs: Explosions in the Sky, All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone". (London). Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ Apr 2007, pg.102
  7. ^ Dan Martin. "CD: Explosions in the Sky, All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone". London: Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ Howe, Brian (February 19, 2007). "Explosions In the Sky: All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rolling Stone Music | Album Reviews". Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  10. ^ Mar 2007, pg.94
  11. ^ Kawaii, Keith (2007). "Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone | Music Review". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ "East of Eden, J Steinbeck Excerpt". Wattpad. April 11, 2007. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  13. ^ Katie Hasty, "Norah Stays Tight At No. 1 Amidst Slow Sales Week",, February 28, 2007.
  14. ^ Explosions in the Sky Do Conan O'Brien

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