Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 83
    Her latest clears the air with crisper production and subtle, synthy R&B swagger. [23 Mar 2012, p.74]
  2. Jun 6, 2012
    80
    Early music is fascinating to people in a way that goes deeper than anything else, and for musicians and artists, all those early things spill out in the things we make. Gonzalez does that here in a fun and remarkable way.
  3. Mar 16, 2012
    80
    One Second of Love is arresting from the outset, Gonzalez's airily velveteen vocals cascading in with a similar invitingly icy inflection to St Vincent on Surgeon while luscious, Eyes Without a Face-esque keyboard washes burble by on their way to a skippily abrupt, if recoverable, meltdown.
  4. Mar 8, 2012
    80
    One Second Of Love is a remarkably bold move for the young singer, and when it clicks, the results are irresistible.
  5. 80
    It's very difficult not to like these songs--for their clarity and craftmanship, but also the strength of their ideas.
  6. Mar 6, 2012
    80
    Above all, One Second Of Love is a triumph of atmospherics and arrangements.
  7. 75
    Sometimes Nite Jewel's music feels so controlled, you can't help but wonder what would happen if she'd lose her head for not just one second, but one minute or more.
  8. 75
    One Second of Love is artfully crafted.
  9. Mar 8, 2012
    74
    What's great about the record is the transformative effect of art school meeting R&B.
  10. Mar 5, 2012
    71
    In the end, One Second of Love is enjoyable but slight: its stronger moments render the weaker ones particularly forgettable.
  11. Jun 6, 2012
    70
    Nite Jewel has blossomed into a something not too far removed from a genuine pop star. Yet you feel One Second Of Love is a promising step forward rather than the finished article.
  12. Mar 14, 2012
    70
    A set of pristine ballads that veer somewhere between the atmospheric folk of Suzanne Vega and Sade's austere pop-soul. [Apr 2012, p.83]
  13. Mar 6, 2012
    70
    For a record of such minimalist production as this, the latest from LA's Ramona Gonzalez, a.k.a. Nite Jewel, it's surprising how much genre ground can be covered.
  14. Mar 6, 2012
    70
    One Second of Love's main issue is not one of sonic fidelity, but consistency. If the murk of earlier recordings hid some of Nite Jewel's intentions, they also succeeded in hiding slightly forced stylistic leanings.
  15. 70
    She's found a strong, vibrato-less voice that's confident but imperfect in funny ways.
  16. 70
    Does it all work? No, but the results are uniformly intriguing.
  17. Mar 5, 2012
    70
    Gonzalez' voice is beautiful, but it doesn't have the emphatic uniqueness to carry the album on its own, while the songwriting, though producing gems like the EBTG-esque, understated "Mind & Eyes" is just uneven enough to fade occasionally into the background.
  18. Mar 5, 2012
    70
    Flash-forward to two years later and we get One Second of Love, which finds Gonzalez maturing into a graceful songstress without entirely abandoning what inspired her in the first place.
  19. Mar 5, 2012
    70
    Gonzalez is more fun when she's trying to be challenging than when she's trying to be fun.
  20. Oct 30, 2012
    67
    Instead of ebullience, the disc finds footing in the hard lessons of romantic realism.
  21. Mar 26, 2012
    60
    The rest of the album can't match that evocative pang on [best track No I Don't]--something like hot coals against cyborg flesh--and is generally more direct.
  22. Mar 19, 2012
    60
    The synths are crisp and warm, and the beats are motivational in that '80's coming-of-age soundtrack way. [No. 85, p.57]
  23. Mar 16, 2012
    60
    An altogether more polished affair [than debut, Good Evening]. [April 2012, p.106]
  24. Mar 12, 2012
    60
    One Second of Love feels like Nite Jewel attempting something like a proof of arrival, but mostly it's simply a high definition look at all of the strengths and weaknesses we already knew she had.
  25. Mar 8, 2012
    60
    She may have gone a little too far toward conventional pop, and not all of it rings true.
  26. Mar 5, 2012
    60
    She tries out warped folk ("Unearthly Delights") and dubstep ("No I Don't"), a versatility that hasn't quite settled into a cogent direction.
  27. While One Second of Love contains this personal touch of sound, it isn't used to potential.
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  1. Mar 31, 2012
    6
    Nita's Jewel "One Second of Love" is an album as uneven as its title track. There is potential, but still something is not right. Vocals doNita's Jewel "One Second of Love" is an album as uneven as its title track. There is potential, but still something is not right. Vocals do not always fit into tight electronic backing which prevails, pushing the instrumental sections on the back burner. Fortunately, the album has its good points, which are more subdued compositions such as "Sister", or minimalist "Unearthly Delights". Full Review »