Click here to expand and collapse the player


Rate It! Avg: 4.0 (1092 ratings)
Hospice album cover
Album Information

Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 51:53

Find a problem with a track? Let us know.

Write a Review 39 Member Reviews

Please register before you review a release. Register

user avatar



Despite the many appeals to listen to this from beginning to end, if you find yourself losing interest skip to "Bear." An amazing track in its own right.

user avatar

Transends mere music.


The emotion is too much at times. The music beautiful on its own, becomes something more than just music once you actually listen to the lyrics. Very powerful. Download the whole thing. Use headphones and track it from 1 to 10.

user avatar

Live Show


Played it straight through and it was moving....they shook the Mercury Lounge in NYC.

user avatar

A Masterpiece


The Antlers who are really Peter Silberman and have become a three piece combo since recording this are one of the many bands from Brooklyn. But hardly any of them have crafted an album as deep as this. telling the story of a caregiver (possibly a boyfriend or spouse) caring for someone dying from cancer, the Antlers have crafted an album that will hit you deep inside from the first song to the last. While really a whole song cycle, I highly recommend Two, Bear, and Kettering if you want to try this before buying the whole thing

user avatar

Essential for Any Collection


This is an absolute masterpiece. It's gut-wrenching and beautiful. It invokes tears and chills. Easily on my top-10 of all time. I'm not sure I've ever been so emotionally moved by an album.

user avatar



Must listen to this with headphones. It makes a big difference.

user avatar



This is easily one of my favourite albums of all time. This is the kind of album that should be and needs to be listened to from beginning to end. Beautiful.

user avatar



I was really quite surprised by this album. The 30 second clips on the site were my first introduction to this band. My interest was piqued just from the samples, but they could never prepare me for the depth and breadth of this album. Take the emotional depth and lyrical artistry of Bon Iver, mix in beautiful melodies and layering ala Loney, Dear, and throw in a few quirky instruments and arrangements and you have this beautiful, sweeping, painfully gorgeous album. This record has instantly found itself in heavy rotation in my car. Highly recommended.

user avatar



Nice back story, but vocals this weak don't work for me on rainy days or sunny. He gets good sounds, maybe stick to producing.

user avatar

A Punch In The Gut


Only on track 2 and I already feel like crying... amazing. If you haven't already, go to wikipedia or somewhere else and read a bit of the back story for this album. I haven't found an album that could actually make me feel until this one. "Haunting and Beautiful" describes this well. It's like getting punched in the gut in the best way possible.

eMusic Features


The Antlers’ Peter Silberman: Letting Go in Soft Focus

By Sasha Geffen, Contributor

Speaking over the phone from Brooklyn, Peter Silberman pauses carefully between phrases. He's good with words because he takes his time with them, both in conversation and in the intricate, powerful lyrics that spiderweb across the records he makes with the Antlers. In 2009, the Brooklyn band's album Hospice broke through to a wider audience on the twin strengths of its atmosphere and its story. That record navigated the deep pockets of pain that linger… more »


The Antlers

By Laura Leebove, Managing Editor

The Antlers' 2009 album Hospice was recorded in vocalist/guitarist Peter Silberman's bedroom — a space too small for the band's three members to play at the same time (forget about a full drum set). Silberman wrote the songs, then enlisted drummer Michael Lerner and multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci to take the project from a solo effort to actual group. Lerner says the intimacy of the recording process mirrored the intimacy of the record — a heavy,… more »

They Say All Music Guide

On Hospice, Brooklyn’s the Antlers deliver a heartbreaking concept album from the perspective of two central characters: an abusive bone cancer patient on her hospital death bed and a committed nurse who becomes attached and falls deeply in love, despite impending tragedy. Written over the course of two years by core member Peter Silberman and then enhanced with additional tracks by Darby Cicci, Michael Lerner, Justin Stivers, and Sharon Van Etten, it’s a woe-heavy record that could easily be crushed by its own weight, except for the fact that it’s delivered with such ease. The narrative (completely written out in the liners) is gripping — full of novelesque prose, reminiscent of Lou Reed’s Berlin — and the musical accompaniment complements Silberman’s lyrics perfectly. Music box melodies are sung in a wobbly falsetto over acoustic guitar and piano, as tinges of Radiohead (Amnesiac era) electro production add accent, waiting until the perfect moment to swell up to monumental crescendos full of keyboards, accordions, harmonicas, harps, and trumpets. Arcade Fire are an overt touchstone, as are Neutral Milk Hotel and Cloud Cult, but Silberman’s new composite proves itself a standout group among the many other lo-fi artists and chamber poppers. As a songwriter, he has matured into an artist with a masterful sense of dynamics, and he ebbs and flows from one chorus to the next as he multi-tracks sparse sections into grandiose ones. In the same balancing act, Silberman tones down the album’s deep personal sense of love and loss with occasional bits of dry humor. Morbid lines like “Some patients can’t be saved, but that burden’s not on you” are masked with uplifting music, and the morose moments are soon forgotten when the purposely less poignant line “All the while I’ll know we’re fucked and not getting unfucked soon” keeps the experience from becoming too much of a Hallmark tearjerker. Keep the tissue box handy, though — the closer is a doozy. – Jason Lymangrover

more »