Haunted - Poe
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  • Summary: Poe's second album is a concept album, of sorts, about the death of her father (noted documentarian Tad Danielewski). Partially based on the autobiographical novel House of Leaves by Poe's brother Mark Z. Danielewski, 'Haunted' utilizes tapes of her father's voice as well as a mix of dark electronic and organic sounds. Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Propelled by her aggressive but seductive voice, Haunted walks the line between dark, beat-driven trip-hop and warm, melodic pop. What separates the album from its competition is Poe?s smart and emotionally charged songwriting, rife with raw energy balanced by gorgeously understated hooks.
  2. The concept album is more than an afterthought, it's musically revelatory and one of the best records of the year.
  3. As uncomfortable as it is beautiful, Haunted's intense personal nature is both disturbing and compelling. It is less an album than an experience.
  4. 80
    Lyrically, Haunted progresses from timid to defiant, and ultimately to triumphant. Musically, Poe drifts confidently from trippy beats and spacy sounds to straight ahead rock and mellow, melancholic numbers, though not always in such a way as to strictly parallel the dramatic flow of the album's lyrics. All that means, though, is that this is a dynamic collection of songs and not merely the kind of high-minded rock opera that quickly goes from interesting novelty to pretentious joke. Ignore everything but what comes out of the speakers, and you've got a pop treasure that is as innovative and insightful as it is immediate and unforced.
  5. Haunted's evocative sound collages--guitar, voice samples, percussion, synth--broaden standard notions of "song" while steering clear of self-indulgent meandering. [11/3/2000, p.83]
  6. 70
    Haunted is largely a concept album. With 17 tracks, several clocking in at over five minutes a pop, it's a bit heavy to carry in its full weight. However, for listeners up for the challenge, it's a beautiful, psychological journey in audio.
  7. Unfortunately, Haunted reverberates with tired samples, rehashed echo effects and beats so plodding they could stop a metronome.

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  1. ElaineM.
    Oct 28, 2002
    I reccomend this CD to everyone that I know. It is Dark and Spiritual at the same time. I think that everyone should own a copy of this album...I own 2! Expand
  2. Brenda
    Jan 13, 2002
    Simply stunning from beginning to end. One of my all-time favorites, it has been in my CD changer for over a year now, and gets played daily. Now, if only Poe would get the commercial recognition she so richly deserves... Expand
  3. Dec 20, 2011
    just another review.... I just want to state a **** You" to rolling stones review.. even though it was written in 2000 or 2001... They have no idea what emotion lies through out this whole album... dicks. Expand
  4. NatashaM
    Jun 14, 2003
    Its a great album... its one of those albums that u just cant stop listening to... Its truely different compared to the rest of the music u hear nowadays, but its great in its entirety.. Expand
  5. ColeK
    May 31, 2005
    I absolutly love this album,it's completely different than any other of this genre, if you can give it a genre, it's beautifully haunting while not pretencious,a beautiful masterpiece of lyrical and musical artwork. Expand
  6. KandisD
    May 25, 2006
    I loved Poe since the first time i heard her so long ago. I can't wait for her next album.
  7. MattM.
    Jul 28, 2001
    Poe's "Haunted" is odd, dark, bleak, and ultimately a good album. Filled with disturbing voices from the past and a raw energy that can't be described, the album is quite a journey. Overlong, but altogether a fine work. Expand

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