In Conflict

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In Conflict
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 27, 2014 (2014-05-27)
RecordedHotel2Tango, Sonovox Studio[1]
GenreBaroque pop, electronic music
LabelDomino/Secret City
ProducerOwen Pallett
Owen Pallett chronology
A Swedish Love Story EP
In Conflict

In Conflict is the fourth full-length album by Canadian indie rock artist Owen Pallett, released May 27, 2014 on Domino Records and Secret City Records.[2] The album features English ambient musician Brian Eno, who plays guitar and synthesizers as well as providing vocals.[2][3] It was released on standard vinyl and CD as well as a limited edition double heavyweight LP. It was recorded by Mark Lawson.[1] Canadian and Japanese special editions include exclusive bonus tracks.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[7]
The A.V. ClubB+[8]
Consequence of SoundA−[9]
The Guardian4/5 stars[10]
Q4/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[14]

At Rolling Stone, Ned Raggett stated that "In Conflict is a pop treasure that's also a stirring, personal work of art."[14] Sasha Geffen of Consequence of Sound wrote that "In Conflict is ominous, gloomy, and marked with some of the most playful arrangements Pallett’s laid to date."[9] James Christopher Monger of AllMusic rated the album four-and-a-half stars, writing that the music contains a mixture of the "sugary opulence" reminiscent of Kishi Bashi and Jónsi and the "chilly refinement" akin to Björk circa 1997's Homogenic time period.

The album was a shortlisted nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize.[17]

Track listing[edit]

1."I Am Not Afraid"Owen Pallett[7]4:15
2."In Conflict"R. Gordon / Owen Pallett / Matt Smith4:13
3."On a Path"Owen Pallett4:33
4."Song for Five & Six"Owen Pallett4:31
5."The Secret Seven"R. Gordon / Owen Pallett / Matt Smith5:16
6."Chorale"Owen Pallett3:53
7."The Passions"Owen Pallett3:54
8."The Sky Behind the Flag"R. Gordon / Owen Pallett / Matt Smith4:22
9."→ (1)"Owen Pallett0:46
10."The Riverbed"R. Gordon / Owen Pallett / Matt Smith3:44
11."Infernal Fantasy"R. Gordon / Owen Pallett / Matt Smith3:22
12."Soldiers Rock"R. Gordon / Owen Pallett / Matt Smith4:56
13."→ (2)"Owen Pallett1:51
Total length:49:36
Domino Double LP bonus track
  • "Bridle & Bit"



  1. ^ a b Minsker, Evan (6 February 2014). "Owen Pallett Announces New Album In Conflict Featuring Brian Eno, Plus Tour". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Owen Pallett announces release of new album 'In Conflict'". NME. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  3. ^ McGovern, Kyle (6 February 2014). "Owen Pallett Preps Brian Eno-Assisted Album 'In Conflict' for Spring Release". Spin. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  4. ^ "In Conflict (new album) – Owen Pallett fansite". Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  5. ^ "In Conflict by Owen Pallett reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  6. ^ "Reviews for In Conflict by Owen Pallett". Metacritic. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Monger, James Christopher. "In Conflict – Owen Pallett". AllMusic. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  8. ^ VanDerWerff, Emily (May 27, 2014). "Owen Pallett aims for the thirtysomething gut". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Geffen, Sasha (May 27, 2014). "Owen Pallett – In Conflict". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  10. ^ Petridis, Alexis (December 18, 2014). "2014 albums we missed: Owen Pallett – In Conflict review". The Guardian. Retrieved May 27, 2014.
  11. ^ Beaumont, Mark (May 23, 2014). "Owen Pallett – 'In Conflict'". NME. Archived from the original on May 31, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  12. ^ Greene, Jayson (May 26, 2014). "Owen Pallett: In Conflict". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  13. ^ "Owen Pallett: In Conflict". Q (335): 117. June 2014.
  14. ^ a b Raggett, Ned (June 5, 2014). "In Conflict". Rolling Stone (1210): 72. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  15. ^ Soto, Alfred (May 26, 2014). "Owen Pallett's Avant Chamber-Pop Plumbs New Depths on 'In Conflict'". Spin. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  16. ^ "Owen Pallett: In Conflict". Uncut (206): 77. July 2014.
  17. ^ "Arcade Fire, Drake, Shad make Polaris Music Prize short list". CTV News, July 15, 2014.