Son - Juana Molina
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Son should stand as one of the most beautiful and inspiring albums of 2006.
  2. Folk-ambient doesn't get any better than this.
  3. "Son" is yet another triumph for Molina, who continues to distinguish herself as one of the most innovative electronic artists today.
  4. Even for Anglos, the spellbinding Son needs no translation. [26 May 2006, p.106]
  5. 82
    On Son, Molina's electro-acoustic compositions have grown from the artful backdrops of her first two records into nearly sentient stand-alone creations. [#20, p.92]
  6. Son bears the stamp of having been a largely spontaneous undertaking, with a welcome Eno-like randomness in its presentation. [#13, p.87]
  7. 80
    Quite stunning. [Jun 2006, p.112]
  8. 80
    Pleasant at a distance, the stealthy Son is downright mindblowing at close range. [Jun 2006, p.142]
  9. 80
    While Molina's songwriting varies little from album to album, her songs are so strong that this is not necessarily a weak point. [May 2006, p.88]
  10. It nudges toward a slightly more experimental sound--lulling without being tedious, compelling without diddling into pretension, and always perfectly mesmerizing. [Jun/Jul 2006, p.114]
  11. The songs are simultaneously more richly detailed and more succinct than those on Segundo and Tres Cosas.
  12. On "Son" she shows off a new confidence, even a willfulness, as she sets free her voice and her sonic wit. [29 May 2006]
  13. A grand experiment in vocal manipulation, Son makes Bjork’s Medulla seem like child’s play.
  14. Close attention reveals an album of highly varied moods and textures.
  15. At times, as with Segundo, it’s tempting to just let Molina pull you under.
  16. Son exudes the studied calm of a laboratory technician engaged in heavy-duty experimentation.
  17. Son strikes me as even more experimental than Tres Cosas, and as such it’s less interested than that record on really opening itself up to the listener. That may be a good thing, admirable even, but it doesn’t stop the whole thing from feeling a little cold at first listen.
  18. The results are enticingly hypnotic and reassuringly unhinged in places. [Jun 2006, p.117]
  19. 70
    Confirms [Molina] as one of underground pop's most beautifully odd voices. [Jun 2006, p.83]
  20. What's distinctive about Son is that it is more layered and inventive than Segundo and Tres Cosas. [#268, p.58]
  21. Son is so easygoing, so open, so easy to love. It’s an inviting album.
  22. Despite her pushing slightly forward with her unique sound on this newest release, Son just doesn't engage me as much as I thought it would.
  23. 60
    Son's patchwork of fluttering loops and vocal delays align Molina with kindred spirits Animal Collective, though her listless delivery can dull proceedings. [Jun 2006, p.106]

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