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  • Summary: The singer/songwriter's fifth release, funded by a Kickstarter campaign, is lyrically poignant and melodic with a folk edge.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jun 17, 2011
    Marissa Nadler is indeed expansive, but it presses on the chest and pulls at the soul in its own feathery, ethereal way.
  2. Jun 17, 2011
    The album sees a succession of warm, hushed acoustic guitar textures provide an accommodating bed in which Nadler's flawless vocals can rest. The hazy sound and crepuscular feel to parts of the album recall fellow vocalist Hope Sandoval, or occasionally a more fragile and more gothic Cat Power.
  3. Jun 17, 2011
    With the help of producer Brian McTear, the songs fit together naturally; whether above synthesizers or acoustic guitar, Nadler never sounds forced.
  4. Jun 17, 2011
    Nothing here feels the least bit overdone. Marissa Nadler is a sensual, provocative, enticing work of vision and maturity.
  5. Aug 18, 2011
    She may remain an intimate, closely held artist for a certain sect of listeners, but by any standards hers is some powerful, accomplished songwriting-and in many ways Marissa Nadler epitomizes this ever-maturing skill more lucidly than any of her prior work.
  6. Aug 10, 2011
    This is an expansive and striking collection of songs that reaches out even in its most quiet moments and, in the end, evokes plenty of melancholy-but Nadler's greatest feat here is the way she seduces us into that world.
  7. Jul 5, 2011
    Music doesn't always need to be about preaching, grand-slam bombastic leanings or pushing the envelope forward – that's a fallacy. Sometimes it can just be sonically gorgeous, layered and pleasing to your hearing and thought - just as Marissa Nadler ends up being.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 6, 2011
    This album is like a door into another world. So original, so carefully crafted, so rewarding. There are comparison touch points like Leonard Cohen or Hope Sandoval but they really don't give you an idea of what you're about to hear. I just can't believe that in a moment like right now, 2011 A.D., that an album possesses this kind of delicacy and patience to reward the listener in ways that most other artists/albums seem unaware are even possibilities. Expand
  2. Jun 19, 2011
    Marissa Nadler returns with eerie songs that remind her last albums, she offers a new musical progress compared to her previous work, but no musical innovation as such. What makes this album worthwhile is the quality that Marissa has a songwriter, this album is full of beautiful lyrics which together with her great vocal performance make this album a magical and captivating gem. You just need to hear songs like "In your lair, Bear", "In a magazine", or the masterpiece "Puppet master" to fall in love with this album that as Marissa Nadler said "It's the most honest, natural record I've ever written" Expand

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