Making a calm, serene album is a big risk. With no raw energy and excitement to fall back on the songwriter has to inject very subtle qualities in order to make their album a success. Well written lyrics are obviously a help but a strong melody is also a must. This is the one area of music where emotion really counts, a otherwise dull album can be made a classic just through an underlying current of feeling. The best albums of this type are haunting experiences that feel powerful and transfix the listener. Tim Foljahn has attempted to create one of these albums. The music is played at a snails pace, it's quiet, sparse and simple. When the music is textually rich, as in 'God Song', it's played a such a low pace that the listener has plenty of time to examine each instrument. This is an album that needs something powerful to grab the attention of the listener or it risks becoming ignored and forgotten.

However Songs For An Age Of Extinction completely fails to exhibit any of the qualities necessary to make it a good album. Simply put, it has nothing. The only emotion Tim Foljahn manages to display while singing is boredom, there are few lyrics that stand out enough to even be noticed and the melodies are repetitive and struggle to make themselves known through the dirge of the music. SFAAOE is a boring experience and does little to redeem itself.

Songs like 'All Fall Away' start fairly positively, blues guitar twanging pleasantly over an organ. It then goes and ruins it all by repeating the not especially interesting lyric “We all fall away some day” for 2 minutes at the end. It's not just that the lyric is uninspired but mainly that Foljahn sings it as if it is. The best singers can make a dull lyric seem vitally important just by the way they emit it, Foljahn croaks each lyric on this album as if he's bored with them and as listeners we can't help but agree.

The album ends with a 10 minute song called 'The Dust of Exploding Stars' that seems to be attempting to be ambient and experimental but really is just laying a unpleasant whooping sound over a sparse and lifeless melody for what seems like an eternity. It's a poor end that fails to redeem the album and only leaves the listener wishing it would end sooner. Throughout the album there occasional flashes of a nice lyric or a pleasant texture to the sound but these are rare and not good enough to prop up the whole record. Songs For An Age Of Extinction is a frustrating experience and one that is genuinely difficult drag yourself through without wandering away in boredom.