Ceremony - Anna von Hausswolff
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jul 30, 2013
    76
    Ceremony, the second record from Anna von Hausswolff, buffets us with a cold, yawning beauty.
  2. Jul 10, 2013
    80
    With her soaring, passionate voice the wail of a spectre, she's the incubus Kate Bush. [Aug 2013, p.88]
  3. Jul 8, 2013
    80
    It is attractive not only for its unusual, sophisticated musical presentation and smart, poetic lyricism, but for its canny instinct as well.
  4. Jul 1, 2013
    70
    Ceremony feels appealingly gigantic. [Jul 2013, p.83]
  5. Jul 1, 2013
    80
    With prevalent lyrical themes of death and loss, Ceremony is not music for those seeking sunny summer escapism. Yet when compared to UK gothic revivalists such as Esben And The Witch, it’s an album of striking confidence, immense compositional flair and colossal, richly cinematic arrangements.
  6. 60
    The record is awkward and seriously pretentious at times, but you can’t miss the heat of its ambition.
  7. 75
    Ceremony is not going to be to everyone’s taste, but this doesn’t take away from the fact that it is a stunning piece of work, which--with the time and attention it deserves--proves to be a thoroughly rewarding listen.

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