Aventine - Agnes Obel
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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Danish singer-songwriter was recorded in Berlin and self-produced.
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  1. Oct 16, 2013
    80
    Aventine does not reveal its atmospheric charms instantly and the brief instrumental Tokka is a reminder she can veer too close to chamber music, but repeated listens unfurls all sorts of wonder. [Nov 2013, p.113]
  2. Oct 16, 2013
    80
    In surpassing her debut, Agnes Obel has confirmed hat she is in it for the long haul. [Nov 2013, p.86]
  3. Oct 28, 2013
    80
    Ultimately, Aventine is a triumph of carefully sustained mood; of a sadness that is not so much overbearing as it beautiful, and one that lingers in the silences between listens of this unusual, unusually compelling record.
  4. Sep 27, 2013
    70
    Aventine remains pleasingly measured and minimal. [Oct 2013, p.72]
  5. Jan 23, 2014
    60
    Lyrics, when employed, are simple and to the point, thoughtful but sparse enough to let the classical musicianship shine.
  6. Sep 30, 2013
    60
    A little string-plucking, some groaning cello and the odd beat adorn Obel's tightly focused set of songs, which approximate the sound of snow falling on a disused chapel while a solitary candle burns inside.
  7. Dec 3, 2013
    40
    It has a good sound to it, but as a whole, the misty quality in many of the songs doesn’t have much of a lasting impact.

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  1. Oct 19, 2013
    10
    Well, I hate to say it, but this trumps Iamamiwhoami's 'Bounty' as my album of the year, 2013. I didnt think it could be done, but from the first chord this album is the closest thing to perfection in craftsmanship and execution.
    In a word: sublime.
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  2. Oct 26, 2013
    10
    Aventine is an incredible experience, it's not just music and words, is a trip, a journey, when you start to listening this album you fall into a magic world with mountains and big green countryside,
    The voice and the music of every song are really transcendental
    Take my advice buy this album....
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  3. Oct 3, 2013
    10
    Exquisite music by the first Danish lady of Berlin. She really opens up a beautiful world with her piano and the voice simply assists in the loveliness of it all. It's a cross between classical and pop. A great mixture, a wonderful talent and some of the finest songs recorded all year (and it's been a great year for music). Expand