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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Welsh folk rock band includes a disc featuring non-Welsh language interpretations of its songs by such artists as Peter Gabriel, Rhys Ifans, and Maxine Peake.
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  1. Mojo
    Apr 28, 2016
    80
    There's little point in denying trip-hop's influence here--the bass on Yr Olaf is undiluted Massive attack-- yet Lisa Jen's vocals and Martin Hoyland's gitar create an eerie reverie all of their own. [Jun 2016, p.90]
  2. Uncut
    Apr 28, 2016
    70
    Lisa Jen's ethereal voice still swoops beguilingly over Martin Hoyland's expansive arrangements, fusing harps, dulcimers and guitars with dub beats, loops and pounding bass. [Jun 2016, p.67]
  3. Apr 28, 2016
    60
    In concert, the results of these expanded horizons will sit among an enhanced and emboldened set list. On record, though, this feels an uneven entry; too self-conscious in its attempt to transcend the expectations of contemporary Welsh language music.
  4. Apr 28, 2016
    60
    This cool, classy set is accompanied by an ambitious if uneven spoken-word album, in which writers and musicians reinterpret the songs in English.
  5. 60
    Welsh-language band 9Bach’s third album takes simple elements--Lisa Jên’s ethereal vocals, piano, bass and percussion, harp and hammer dulcimer--and weaves complex patterns.
  6. May 20, 2016
    60
    Their previous album Tincian revolutionised new Welsh language music and won Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for its troubles. The follow-up is equally as dark with a dystopian edge that suggests we’re all doomed. Yet there is a salvation of sorts in the band’s glorious three part female harmonies and in lead singer Lisa Jên’s centrifugal force-of-nature presence.
  7. Q Magazine
    Apr 28, 2016
    60
    The songs become more conventionally meaningful, but less mysterious [on the disc of English interpretations]. [Jun 2016, p.108]