Escondida

  • Record Label: Anti
  • Release Date: Apr 27, 2004
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. A listening experience that is singular, startling, and soulful.
  2. It's difficult to think of a more compelling sophomore record by a young singer-songwriter, Norah included.
  3. 70
    [Holland] has been rather mistakenly compared to Billie Holiday; she’s more like Jeff Buckley covering Nina Simone, turning a very modern ear toward yesterday.
  4. Holland gracefully achieves the spookiness and timelessness artists like Tori Amos and Cat Power have been chasing for years.
  5. Starbucks should replace Norah Jones with Holland as its mood musician of choice; her compositional brew is smooth, with jolts of witty malice.
  6. Mojo
    80
    It really is incredibly good, even if sometimes it's hard to feel you're hearing the real Jolie and not a character she's adopted. [Jun 2004, p.110]
  7. She sounds as distant as much of the Anthology of American Folk Music, and yet there is an intimacy to her songs. This is a singer/poet who really feels things. And this is the new, weird America, and Holland is singing its woes with a wisdom far beyond her age.
  8. While self-diversifying is a perfectly acceptable (and sometimes glorious) approach to recording a fully realized, internally cohesive album, Holland's scope periodically makes Escondida appear non-committal and/or scattered.
  9. Planet
    70
    If Norah Jones and Gillian Welch are the sunny side of the roots revival, then Jolie Holland is Grapes of Wrath darkness. [#7, p.73]
  10. For lovers of all strands of Americana -- not to mention those who revel in the effortless performance of a truly unique singer -- Escondida is a little treasure, and a beguiling addition to any collection.
  11. Q Magazine
    80
    Her jazz-tinged voice soars; the music manages to be both wonderfully austere and subtly strange. [Jun 2004, p.98]
  12. Her music embodies a dyed-in-the-wool timelessness that can't be counterfeited.
  13. Musically, Holland could be considered the more eccentric and authentic second cousin of Norah Jones.
  14. It's the voice that does it - all hazy smoke and dusty cotton, this time sounding like she's channelling Billie Holiday.
  15. Uncut
    80
    Another relaxed but enigmatic foray into modernist roots territory to stand alongside records by Gillian Welch, Laura Veirs, Sparklehorse and Bonnie "Prince" Billy. [Jun 2004, p.98]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. JohnM
    Apr 8, 2007
    10
    I call this lazy, Sunday morning music but I play it all the time. Beautiful
  2. AlexW
    Jul 30, 2006
    10
    Fantastic. The best artist I have come across in quite some time. Holland can sing the blues with the best of them.
  3. JulieJ
    Mar 28, 2005
    10
    Mad Tom of Bedlam makes me crazy.