Innundir Skinni - Ólöf Arnalds
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. The album's titular track, which translates to "Within Skin," is a reference to pregnancy, but it's also a manifesto of the album's purpose as an arbiter of overwhelming feeling bound up in a neatly-tied package of folk tunes--the emotional intensity lying under the surface rather than on the sleeve.
  2. Oct 26, 2010
    80
    Incidentally, this is what the title Innundir Skinni translates to loosely in English-- "under the skin"-- an apt description for Arnalds' gentle, peculiar and powerful music itself.
  3. 80
    Produced by Sigur Ros' Kjartan Sveinsson, Arnalds embellishes her debut's spare guitar-voice template with discreet overdubs, including brass and strings, enhancing breathtaking tunes like "Surrender" (which features Bjork adding a swirling countermelody). For those who consider Joanna Newsom too mainstream.
  4. At just over half an hour long Innundir Skinni is a modest little record compared to the self-indulgence of Joanna Newsom's latest or grandiose ambitions of countrymen like Sigur Ros, but its charms are plentiful and in her own humble, but distinct, way Olof Arnalds confounds expectations.
  5. 80
    Heart-melting second album from Icelandic folk minstrel. [Oct. 2010, p. 92]
  6. 80
    Some sound like strange nursery rhymes; some like surreal Eurovision entries. All are very good indeed. [Oct 2010, p.85]
  7. Simple, slightly silly but splendidly affecting, it's a telling suggestion that Arnalds will retain her endearingly obtuse edge, whatever language she favours in future.
  8. Innundir Skinni is still a worthy achievement, it's emotional but not melodramatic; understated yet grand. But it is a mixture rather than a whole and lacks the cohesion of Arnalds' inspiring first album.
  9. Oct 26, 2010
    60
    Her warble may often recall an off-putting Joanna Newsom, but make no mistake--there's something intriguing about Olof Arnalds' fractured fairy tales. [Fall 2010, p.72]
  10. What really matters here is texture, delivered in abundance as she plucks and picks her way around harps, guitars and all manner of acoustic backing, her celestial freak-folk voice bewitching the listener. [Oct 2010, p.103]
  11. Mar 17, 2011
    50
    The title track, meanwhile, showcases the intimate girl-and-a-guitar ethos that makes Arnalds so charming. Unfortunately, the sensual charango tick-tocking of "Surrender" features backing vox from One Little Indian label head Bjork, who railroads the song with her guttural growls and swoopy showboating.

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