What We All Come to Need

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What We All Come to Need
What We All Come to Need cover art
Studio album by Pelican
Released October 27, 2009
Recorded July 2009 in Seattle, Washington
Genre Post-metal
Length 51:35
Label Southern Lord
Producer Chris Common
Pelican chronology
What We All Come to Need
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[2]
Beyond Race (lukewarm)[3]
Rock Sound 8/10 stars[4]
Lambgoat (8/10)[5]
Pitchfork Media 5.5/10 stars[6]

What We All Come to Need is the fourth studio album by American post-metal band Pelican. The album was released on October 27, 2009 through Southern Lord Records;[7][8] their first for the label after leaving Hydra Head Records earlier in 2009.[9]

A music video for "Final Breath," directed by Matt Santoro, was released on December 22, 2009.[10]

In celebration of the album's release, Kuma’s Corner, a Chicago restaurant two blocks from Schroeder-Lebec's home, offered a custom burger known as the Pelican burger. The one-night-only dish consisted of a ten-ounce Kobe beef patty, with pan-seared scallops and lardons, in a garlic white-wine sauce on top of a Parmesan crisp, and served with white wine–garlic aioli. Ironically, both Schroeder-Lebec and Trevor de Brauw are vegans and therefore could not eat the specialized dish.[11]


What We All Come to Need was recorded on a tight schedule during the summer of 2009. Regarding their new record label, guitarist Laurent Schroeder-Lebec stated that Pelican had never experienced difficult creative moments that forced them to go in a new direction but that moving to Southern Lord joined them with new people and inspired the group.[11]

Pelican enlisted various guest musicians to contribute to the album, most notably vocalist Allen Epley. Others include guitarists Greg Anderson and Aaron Turner as well as bassist Ben Verellen. What We All Come to Need marks Pelican's first song to feature vocals; Allen Epley of The Life and Times and Shiner sings on the track "Final Breath." They had, however, previously performed a live rendition of "Pink Mammoth" with These Arms Are Snakes. This was available on the PLCN/TAAS split EP in 2008.

The track "Ephemeral" was re-recorded for the album and originally appeared on the Ephemeral 12" released in early 2009. "An Inch Above Sand" was also re-recorded and originally appeared as "Inch Above Sand" on Pelican's split with Young Widows.

"Ephemeral" was also used in the end credits of the 2013 horror video game Dead Space 3.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Pelican.

No. Title Length
1. "Glimmer" 7:31
2. "The Creeper" 7:20
3. "Ephemeral" 5:09
4. "Specks of Light" 7:46
5. "Strung Up from the Sky" 5:12
6. "An Inch Above Sand" 4:14
7. "What We All Come to Need" 6:47
8. "Final Breath" 7:29
Total length: 51:35



  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Review: What We All Come to Need". AllMusic. Retrieved October 26, 2009. 
  2. ^ Wasoba, Ryan (December 2009). "File Under: Thunderous Post-Rock". Alternative Press. Cleveland, Ohio: Alternative Magazines, Inc. (257): 116. ISSN 1065-1667. 
  3. ^ Ronan, Michael. "Pelican – What We All Come to Need". Beyond Race. Archived from the original on November 13, 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ "PELICAN – WHAT WE ALL COME TO NEED". Rocksound.tv. October 24, 2009. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Pelican - What We All Come to Need". January 5, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Pelican: What We All Come to Need". November 30, 2009. Retrieved November 30, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "PELICAN: New Song Posted Online". August 25, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2009. 
  8. ^ "New Release: Pelican: What We All Come to Need". August 5, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Pelican Announce New EP, Tour Dates, SXSW Appearance....And A New Label?!". Hydra Head Records. February 6, 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Pelican unleash brand new video for "Final Breath"!!". Southern Lord. December 22, 2009. Retrieved December 24, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b Sless-Kitain, Areif (December 10–16, 2009). "Pelican brief". Time Out Chicago. Archived from the original on December 13, 2009. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  12. ^ Lynch, Casey (February 7, 2013). "A ferociously good time, in spite of itself". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved March 19, 2013.