Nepenthe

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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the New York-based singer-songwriter was recorded in Iceland with Alex Somers.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Aug 27, 2013
    90
    In taking her sorrow, turning it on its head and finding inspiration in another magical place, she has produced something powerfully, uniquely transcendent: something vast and expansive, intimate and affecting all at once.
  2. Aug 8, 2013
    90
    While it may be a tremendously personal album for Barwick, you can get lost in Nepenthe for not only its sheer beauty, but for its ability to evoke visual cues and tell stories with its music.
  3. Aug 19, 2013
    90
    This is a profound and giving music.
  4. Mojo
    Aug 13, 2013
    80
    Nepenthe finds Julianna Barwick's already established wash of angel tones and free-floating radiance newly influenced by the breathtaking, often alien wonders of her host country. [Sep 2013, p.90]
  5. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    The album is gorgeous, almost an abstraction of what musical loveliness could be.
  6. Aug 26, 2013
    70
    Depending on your tastes, Nepenthe either marks Barwick's progression to a higher, more emotionally powerful and resonant place, or she's managed the musical equivalent of Instagramming her album.
  7. The Wire
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    Nepenthe pushes the formula to [a] breaking point, where emotional manipulation crosses over into cloying, calculated and claustrophobic. [Aug 2013, p.53]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
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  1. Aug 22, 2013
    8
    This album follows the beauty of The Magic Place but in a more celestial sound. As always the music is amazing but in sometimes is more of the same.
  2. Aug 29, 2013
    6
    Expands on the sound of the previous album, The Magic Place. Relaxing and serene, the music is quite beautiful. However, while consistency isExpands on the sound of the previous album, The Magic Place. Relaxing and serene, the music is quite beautiful. However, while consistency is a good thing in an album, some of the tracks sound too much alike. Overall, i liked the album. My favorite tracks are The Harbinger and Crystal Lake. Expand