Pain Is Beauty - Chelsea Wolfe
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Oct 24, 2013
    90
    Pain Is Beauty not only shows Wolfe’s penchant for atmosphere but for stylistic diversity.
  2. Sep 9, 2013
    90
    Bleak, distant, polarizing, and beautiful, Wolfe’s fourth album makes a gargantuan impact.
  3. Oct 10, 2013
    80
    A slight tendency to clutter is in evidence, but when the band pare it back, it's magical. [Nov 2013, p.81]
  4. Sep 13, 2013
    80
    Throw yourself willingly onto these tracks. Pain Is Beauty is ECT for the heart.
  5. 80
    Her newest release, Pain is Beauty, takes listeners to the highest of highs, all thanks to Wolfe’s willingness to get low and descend even further into the gloom-hole.
  6. Sep 6, 2013
    80
    Chelsea Wolfe captured the essence of the album title eloquently, succeeding in making an album that is frighteningly honest, poignant, and graceful.
  7. Sep 6, 2013
    80
    There's a propulsive quality to much of the beat-oriented Pain, but there remains a relative sense of privacy.
  8. Sep 5, 2013
    80
    Every album tells a story and, thankfully, Wolfe’s story changes all the time, a morphing type of self-expression with completely pure intent.
  9. Sep 5, 2013
    80
    Chelsea Wolfe’s songs don’t often sound like they’re supposed to, and therefore they always sound exactly like Chelsea Wolfe.
  10. 80
    Her fourth album in three years, confirms her steadiness as a singer-songwriter of gothic intention, drawn to romantic fatalism and beautiful ruin.
  11. Sep 3, 2013
    80
    Pain Is Beauty isn't quite as cohesive as Wolfe's earlier albums. Regardless, it's exciting to hear her try so many new things and do them so well.
  12. Aug 28, 2013
    80
    This is clearly the album that removes any lingering doubt that Chelsea Wolfe is a very special artist; one who is capable of the visceral and the surprisingly soothing in the same stroke.
  13. 80
    Wolfe has crafted an impeccable release here, building upon her existing methods and evolving as a songwriter. Things feel more confident – there’s more energy and oomph.
  14. Aug 30, 2013
    70
    This record could well have been made 20 years ago, such is its timeless quality.
  15. Aug 28, 2013
    70
    Pain Is Beauty splits equal time between opulent string sections and lean beats, a set of songs that are at once pointed and adrift. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.94]
  16. Aug 28, 2013
    70
    While it's possible Pain Is Beauty would have benefited from some more time spent songwriting and fleshing out the overall direction of the album's sound, there's still more than enough impressive songs to make this a worthy addition to the Chelsea Wolfe catalog.
  17. If Christopher Nolan ever does one of his gritty makeovers on Twilight, the soundtrack’s as good as sewn up.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 5, 2013
    8
    Inevitably I look back on the good times with Siouxsie and the Banshees. Of course this is not the same, but it's so good if someone makes you think of other great artists. Full Review »