Pint of Blood - Jolie Holland & The Grand Chandeliers
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Dec 19, 2011
    80
    She's never been more as completely herself on record as she is here.
  2. Aug 8, 2011
    80
    Like 2008's The Living And The Dead, Blood leans on judicious electric guitar solos, most often from Shahzad Ismaily, who co-produced the album, but also from Grey Gersten and, on one track, Marc Ribot.
  3. Jul 19, 2011
    80
    Here, the 35-year -old is once again joined by co-producer/multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, who provides settings that ate mostly empty, the better to allow Holland's mystical persona to fully inhabit them, as she sings in an elongated East Texas Drawl that curls like smoke rings. [Aug 2011, p.90]
  4. 80
    Her fifth record is dark, even by her standards, full of bitterness and pessimism.
  5. Jun 29, 2011
    79
    In lesser hands, what makes Holland such a distinctive vocalist might also limit her range, yet she inhabits these songs confidently and dexterously.
  6. Aug 4, 2011
    70
    Blood is yet another solid gold deposit in her peerless discography. [Jul 2011, p.92]
  7. Jul 7, 2011
    70
    With still improved resources and an excellent group of musicians around her-The Grand Chandeliers features Shazad Ismaily's bass, guitarist Grey Gersten, and honorary member Mark Ribot-Holland now achieves a sound she probably never imagined for herself eight or even five years ago.
  8. Holland sings songs of discombobulation and wonder, and all is mannered but also naturalistic.
  9. Nov 22, 2011
    60
    Holland's singing identity still shifts disconcertingly. [Aug. 2011, p. 92]
  10. Aug 8, 2011
    60
    Recorded in various New York studios, it has a live, intimate feel despite its overdubs.
  11. 60
    She's spellbinding when she's on--aided by her penetrating and often-literary lyrics. But when her singing meanders too long without focus, you forget she's there--her energy dissipates and she blurs into background, leaving her dependent songs with nothing to do but await her return.
  12. Jul 6, 2011
    58
    Holland gets points for loosening up, building a blue mood, and going with the flow, whatever that flow is supposed to be. But it doesn't keep the majority of songs on Pint Of Blood from bleeding together.
  13. Jul 7, 2011
    50
    The former Be Good Tanya quilts a quivering, affected vocal that's nevertheless warm on the lilting "Wreckage," the lower register of "Tender Mirror," and the bitter shock of "Remember."
  14. 40
    On her new album, Pint of Blood – which, lest we forget, is very nearly an armful – Jolie Holland adopts a new, looser working method which isn't entirely to her advantage.
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  1. Jul 15, 2011
    6
    Gosh, don't you just wish she didn't oversing all the time? What a wonderful voice Jolie has, but she lets her muse run her amok. The band is electrically amazing, yet it doesn't make up for the distracting meandering of the vocals. Full Review »