Animal Heart - Nina Persson
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Feb 14, 2014
    80
    Here the melodies are a forum for a lovely, charismatic voice and some artful, memorable lyrics. [Mar 2014, p.119]
  2. Feb 10, 2014
    80
    Neither a denial nor a rehash of Persson's past, Animal Heart is a welcome reflection of her changing life and art.
  3. Feb 10, 2014
    70
    Persson shows she is still a dab hand at melodic indie-pop, as she tackles floundering relationships, failing memories and new horizons. [Mar 2014, p.82]
  4. Feb 10, 2014
    70
    It provides evidence the Persson is capable of some breathtaking moments. And indeed there are a few such moments on Animal Heart, if not as many as might have been hoped for.
  5. Apr 23, 2014
    60
    Overall, Animal Heart plays as a gentle wisp of an album: a warm summer breeze in early spring; enjoyed in the moment, yet largely forgotten after having passed.
  6. Feb 21, 2014
    60
    There is a sameness to the songs, but it doesn't work against the album as much as makes it a cohesive listen. [Feb/Mar 2014, p.75]
  7. Feb 11, 2014
    60
    Pleasant but risk adverse. [Mar 2014, p.88]
  8. 60
    The moments of intrigue are too fleeting and the encompassing ‘feel’ of the LP lingers too long in flat territories, which is a shame, as there’s potential for her solo work to be spectacular indeed.
  9. Feb 13, 2014
    55
    Entire swaths of music are cut from Persson’s cloth; she is a known quantity. For better or worse, this lets Persson get away with an album like Animal Heart, one that isn’t much of a statement.
  10. Feb 10, 2014
    50
    Nina Persson may have dropped the guise of A Camp, but Animal Heart is too emotionally unengaging to leave you feeling like you know her any better for it and compared to Colonia’s more colourful palette it feels, if not quite beige, then at best a dull taupe.

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