July - Marissa Nadler
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  • Summary: The sixth studio release for the Boston singer-songwriter is her first on the Sacred Bones label.
  • Record Label: Sacred Bones
  • Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Folk
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Feb 21, 2014
    90
    That the feel throughout is cruel New England winter suggests July is one hell of a break-up record. [No. 106, p.57]
  2. Feb 7, 2014
    81
    The forward movement of July can be entrancing and propulsive.
  3. Feb 5, 2014
    80
    July is infectious. It translates well to many ears.
  4. Feb 3, 2014
    80
    Because of the material's quality and the inspired collaboration between songwriter, performers, and producer, July unfolds as a near-perfect song cycle.
  5. Mar 10, 2014
    80
    Yes, fine songs. But in part, though, a little of the success of July should be attributed to producer Randall Dunn.
  6. Feb 4, 2014
    50
    In the end, it’s the vague, shapeless, and undefined nature of the fancies her protagonists chase that partly undermines the album’s substance, since without any clear delimitation of their supposedly particular aspirations it’s a little hard to sympathize with her characters and see in them anything more than cowardly, flighty children who ought to grow up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 15, 2014
    10
    My first review of this album a week ago was a "8." Since then, I had a chat with one of the guys who works at a record store here in Chicago, and he recommended Marissa's albums. Since then, I went to her back catalogue on iTunes and fell in love with most of the songs on "Ballads of Living and Dying." But the song "Bird On Your Grave" on her "Song III: Bird On The Water" EP is what clinched it for me. My mom died a couple of months ago, and I sometimes sing the songs she used to love to feel closer to her. Well, it just so happens, In that song, this is exactly what Marissa puts in her lyrics: "...been dead a couple of months, my friend;" "..and I still have your songs in my head, and your face engraved into the glass of me;" and lastly, "Tomorrow I'm going to leave a bird on your grave, and say a little prayer for you." Well, it just so happens - yet again - that I found a beautiful stone bird carved and painted in Mexico at a thrift store awhile back, and I've been looking at it and how I would have shown it to my mother who was Mexican. Now I have wrote "I love U Mom" on the bird and am going to place it on her grave, and of course, say a prayer. If this isn't the most sad but one of the most beautiful songs Marissa has written. So you can see why I also love her album "Ballads of Living and Dying" as well. I'm giving this album a "10" because I think it's an "8," but I have added an extra "2" points for the "Bird On Your Grave" song from 2007, and the connection I feel with Marissa's music is amazing! Love you, Marissa! Expand
  2. Feb 6, 2014
    10
    an artist who just keeps getting better. the production here does everything right. a perfect album of atmosphere and soul, front to back. here, being done wrong sounds so good. Expand
  3. Feb 10, 2014
    8
    July is an absolute triumph. Nadler's smooth, elegant voice washes over atmospheric acoustic guitars, waves of strings, and plentiful, yet tactful, reverberation. The style never shifts, but the dynamics and songwriting is mixed up well enough that this album never gets boring, nor does it drop in quality. A great record - one of the best of 2014 so far and a strong contender for one of the best of the year. Expand
  4. Feb 4, 2014
    8
    Marissa continues to give us that ghostly ballads with atmospheric echoes, but now her lyricism is going into a darkness place , where i feel so comfortable, once again after The Sister , this woman crafted a special and beautiful album. Expand
  5. Apr 23, 2014
    5
    Perhaps her least gripping effort since her debut record in '09. Very unexciting. Bland vocals, melodies and instrumentation and way too faint. No swells or boldness either in the vocals or the tempo. meh. Expand