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  • Summary: The tenth studio release from Liz Harris as Grouper was mainly recorded in Portugal in 2011 on a 4-track.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
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  1. Oct 31, 2014
    100
    With Ruins, Harris opens up a portal to one of those clearings, and I don’t feel quite as bombarded affectively and aesthetically (by problems, timelines, insecurities, noise, and other people) when I hear its call and disappear there.
  2. 90
    It stands as both a fascinating new direction, and a heartbreaking memoir of a period now sinking into the past.
  3. Oct 28, 2014
    88
    Ruins has a vivid sense of place.
  4. Oct 28, 2014
    80
    It’s a typically resourceful, subtle and mesmeric addendum--and one that underlines just how consistently excellent an artist Harris has been.
  5. Nov 7, 2014
    80
    Harris deploys silence and sound artfully and masterfully throughout Ruins. And the closer you listen, the more intimate it becomes.
  6. Nov 6, 2014
    70
    Ruins’ eight tracks include four with vocals and four instrumentals. Still, the tracks with vocals and those without are not very different from each other.
  7. Oct 30, 2014
    60
    The quietness is also the project’s greatest weakness. At times, it leaves the album feeling incomplete or intrusive, as if we’re peeking in mid-thought.

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  1. Aug 23, 2015
    9
    This album is absolutely beautiful. The almost constant repitition of the melodies makes him melancholic and sad, in a good way, in the way ofThis album is absolutely beautiful. The almost constant repitition of the melodies makes him melancholic and sad, in a good way, in the way of art.
    I must say that "Holding" is one of my all time favourite songs due to his ambience and expressiveness.
    I don't give 10 to this album just because I think the last song is a bit boring.
    That's all: Great album.
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  2. Nov 6, 2014
    5
    Really not all that much.
    Yes, it is quite emotional at some points, and the almost ethereal sound (due to the production) of her voice are
    Really not all that much.
    Yes, it is quite emotional at some points, and the almost ethereal sound (due to the production) of her voice are involving... Until it all just starts to repeat for almost 40 minutes.

    It doesn't FEEL as an honest album, more like someone trying to be someone (s)he's not. I just don't feel all the loneliness and sadness of it to be true, it seems she's just trying to fake it, to sell it.

    It's not that I can't like any album made with simple melodies, instrumentation and production (it works pretty damn well sometimes), but I just can't like an album that doesn't sound sincere (which is something that happens in every genre of music).

    Far from being a remarkable album, or even one of the year's best.

    In my opinion, of course.
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