Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic 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. 88
    Toward the end of this thoroughly bewitching album, Danilova even dispenses with the security-blanket gloom, singing a stark piano ballad not far removed from Adele's "Someone Like You."
  3. Oct 4, 2011
    83
    Slashed by shards and shadows, Conatus is Zola Jesus' best album to date.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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 NikaThe 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 Full Review »