The Golden Archipelago

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The Golden Archipelago
Golden Archipelago.jpg
Studio album by Shearwater
Released February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23)
Recorded 2009, Sonic Ranch, El Paso, Texas; Public Hi-Fi, Austin, Texas; Elmwood, Dallas, Texas; Halversonics Recording, Austin, Texas
Genre Indie rock, progressive rock
Length 38:11
Language English
Label Matador Records
Producer John Congleton and Shearwater
Shearwater chronology
The Golden Archipelago
Animal Joy

The Golden Archipelago is the sixth studio album by American indie rock band Shearwater. It was released on February 23, 2010, on the Matador Records label. The track "Black Eyes" is the first single from the album.

Shearwater released the album on both CD and vinyl. The first pressing of the CD includes a 50-page booklet with lyrics, as well as collected photographs from the "Golden Dossier," featuring images, maps and texts of island exploration themes.


The album was produced by John Congleton and Shearwater.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle 3.5/4 stars[2]
BBC Music (positive)[3]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[4]
Clash (7/10)[5]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[6]
Epoch Times 5/5 stars[7]
The Fly 4.5/5 stars[8]
The Generalista (favorable)[9]
Gigwise 3.5/5 stars[10]
The Irish Times 3/5 stars[11]
The List 3/5 stars[12]
Mojo 3/5 stars[13]
MusicOMH 3.5/5 stars[14]
NME (8/10)[15]
Paste (82/100)[16]
Pitchfork Media (7.9/10)[17]
Prefix Magazine (6.5/10)[18]
Q Magazine 3/5 stars[19]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[20]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[21]
Spin 2.5/5 stars[22]
Sputnik Music 4.5/5 stars[23]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[24]
Uncut 3/5 stars[25]
Virgin Music (7/10)[26]

The album has so far received moderately positive reviews, garnering an aggregate score of 74 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on 23 reviews.[27] Some critics noted its softer sound, compared to the grandeur of previous albums like Rook and Palo Santo. Allmusic compared it to 1970s Peter Gabriel and Pink Floyd's The Final Cut, saying it lacked many of Rook's "more muscular moments."[28]

Music critics also lauded Shearwater's commitment to the album format in the age of MP3s, making a cohesive, conceptual work of progressive rock, rather than simply a collection of singles.[29][30]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Meridian" – 3:37
  2. "Black Eyes" – 3:40
  3. "Landscape at Speed" – 4:33
  4. "Hidden Lakes" – 3:47
  5. "Corridors" – 2:46
  6. "God Made Me" – 4:23
  7. "Runners of the Sun" – 2:53
  8. "Castaways" – 3:16
  9. "An Insular Life" – 3:09
  10. "Uniforms" – 3:49
  11. "Missing Islands" – 2:18


  • "Black Eyes" (January 19, 2010)

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