Becoming a Jackal

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Becoming a Jackal
Studio album by Villagers
Released 24 May 2010
Label Domino
Producer Conor J. O'Brien
Villagers chronology
Becoming a Jackal

Becoming a Jackal is the debut album by Villagers. In 2010 it was nominated for the Mercury Prize.[1] Vinyl editions of the album contains 2 discs, with tracks on the first three sides and an etching on the fourth.

Track listing[edit]

1."I Saw the Dead"5:04
2."Becoming a Jackal"3:19
3."Ship of Promises"4:36
4."The Meaning of the Ritual"3:14
6."That Day"3:10
7."The Pact (I'll Be Your Fever)"3:28
8."Set the Tigers Free"3:22
9."Twenty Seven Strangers"3:24
11."To Be Counted Among Men"4:43
Total length:44:28

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores

The album received positive reviews, and holds a Metacritic score of 79 out of 100, based on 16 reviews.[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
Irish Independent Albums (IRMA)[3] 1


  1. ^ Alexandra Topping (20 July 2010). "Mercury prize shortlist sees return of banjos but barely a beard in sight | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  2. ^ "Becoming A Jackal by Villagers". Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Top 10 Independent Artist Albums, Week Ending 20 May 2010". Chart-Track. GfK. Retrieved 8 January 2013.