Pain Is Beauty - Chelsea Wolfe
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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the experimental California singer-songwriter was produced with Ben Chisholm.
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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  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. 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]
  7. If Christopher Nolan ever does one of his gritty makeovers on Twilight, the soundtrack’s as good as sewn up.

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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. 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. Collapse
  2. Oct 27, 2014
    8
    for me, its not a completely perfect album. Sometimes the vocals feel a little swallowed up in all the loud, thick layers of sound, making the tracks feel less tidy and clear, but otherwise, the majority of this album is great. And a proof Chelsea is successfully pushing herself forwards in her music. Expand