Conatus - Zola Jesus
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  • Summary: The third full-length album for Nika Roza Danilova was coproduced with Nudge (aka as Brian Foote).
  • Record Label: Sacred Bones
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Experimental Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Oct 12, 2011
    88
    Danilova has crafted perhaps the year's most emphatically romantic record--defiant, loyal, indomitable.
  2. Oct 5, 2011
    80
    It's enchanting, exhausting, cathartic, borderline traumatic, and curiously beautiful to its dying breath.
  3. Sep 27, 2011
    80
    Conatus seldom reaches the same level of experimentation as Danilova's collaborations with the likes of LA Vampires. But what she proffers instead is far tastier: a deft fine-tuning of the slick and stylish formula of Stridilum II, with the slightly schlockier moments of melodrama eschewed for something more sophisticated.
  4. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    Conatus hits like a miniature hurricane in a box. [#81, p. 60]
  5. The album shows Danilova making a conscious and admirable effort to try take another step in the right direction and for the most part it's hard to fault her.
  6. Oct 5, 2011
    70
    Ultimately Conatus makes for a very sensuous, luxurious forty minutes, but it's minor flaws like these that prevent it from hitting quite as hard as it could have done, and from being the unqualified success that Stridulum II was.
  7. Sep 27, 2011
    60
    It's all very accomplished, but lacking in variety.

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  1. Oct 4, 2011
    8
    The idea of replacing industrial in favour of icy beats seemed to me like a wrong idea. The first listen of Conatus, the third album by Nika Roza Danilova aka Zola Jesus, has corroborated my assumption. Thank God I always listen to a record twice before writing a review! Conatus is stunning, a conscious step ahead in building Danilovaâ Expand