• Record Label: Anti
  • Release Date: Jun 28, 2011
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.
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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 bandGosh, 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 »