Marissa Nadler - Marissa Nadler
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jun 17, 2011
    91
    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
    90
    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
    90
    Marissa Nadler hints at larger tragedies and losses, implying an overarching break-up narrative that gives each song added force.
  4. Marissa Nadler is the sort of folk album that you'll be returning to simply because it is so varied.
  5. Jun 17, 2011
    81
    With the help of producer Brian McTear, the songs fit together naturally; whether above synthesizers or acoustic guitar, Nadler never sounds forced.
  6. Aug 5, 2011
    80
    This eponymous rebirth is a fine-tuning of her previous country-folk experiments--dream-like pop chiseled from alabaster. [Jul 2011, p.87]
  7. Jul 8, 2011
    80
    The singer-guitarist's mien is again that of a siren dressed in black mourning and white lace, beckoning lovers and loners through the misty moors.
  8. Jun 17, 2011
    80
    Nothing here feels the least bit overdone. Marissa Nadler is a sensual, provocative, enticing work of vision and maturity.
  9. Jun 17, 2011
    80
    While Marissa Nadler is more musically complex than earlier records, she maintains her overall aesthetic, both bucolic and tragic.
  10. 80
    There is an air of melancholy that cloaks her work, from The Saga of Mayflower May (2005) to Songs III: Bird on the Water (2007) to Little Hells (2009), and her self-titled record is no exception.
  11. Jun 17, 2011
    80
    Marissa Nadler does continue Nadler's impressive track record, and showcases her at her most confident.
  12. Aug 18, 2011
    78
    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.
  13. Aug 30, 2011
    70
    The main problem is that the songs are so quietly pretty that they slip by without friction, so that you're halfway through the album before you've registered a shift in mood or tempo.
  14. Aug 10, 2011
    70
    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.
  15. Jun 23, 2011
    70
    It's a careful mix, edging onto cream-puff territory but never surrendering its solidity.
  16. Jun 17, 2011
    70
    Marissa Nadler still retains the ghostly inscrutability that has always kept the singer's insistent weepiness from sounding pathetic.
  17. Jun 17, 2011
    70
    Nadler's fifth album benefits from a newfound directness. Over acoustic fingerpicking, splashing cymbals, and languidly twanging steel guitar, Nadler inhabits her strongest set of songs yet, pining in a barely adorned soprano for both lost loves and a conjoined twin.
  18. Jul 28, 2011
    60
    For this fifth album, she changes tack again, gaining in clarity what she loses in originality. [Aug 2011, p.94]
  19. Jul 5, 2011
    60
    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.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 6, 2011
    10
    This album is like a door into another world. So original, so carefully crafted, so rewarding. There are comparison touch points likeThis 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. Full Review »
  2. Jun 19, 2011
    9
    Marissa Nadler returns with eerie songs that remind her last albums, she offers a new musical progress compared to her previous work, but noMarissa 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" Full Review »