Sudden Elevation - Ólöf Arnalds
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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Icelandic singer is her first entirely sung in English.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Mar 6, 2013
    80
    The follow-up to 2010's Innundir Skinni is an even more intimate affair. [Feb 2013, p.67]
  2. 80
    Her strange, fluting voice twines elegantly around sparse arrangements of piano, acoustic guitar and the charango lute.
  3. Mar 6, 2013
    80
    Somewhere between the elongated delivery of Joanna Newsom and the peculiarly soulful croak of Karen Dalton, this is a clear case of the voice as an additional instrument.
  4. Mar 6, 2013
    70
    Sudden Elevation is yet another solid display of Arnalds’ talents and is arguably the LP that most newcomers to the singer-songwriter should arrive at first.
  5. Mar 6, 2013
    70
    In close proximity of each other, ‘Call It What You Want’, ‘Perfect’ and ‘Onwards And Upwards’ are a little too timid, each simply brushing against each other with no discernible difference. These are only minor concerns when everything else is as captivating as they are.
  6. Mar 6, 2013
    60
    Sometimes, as is the case on the lovely yet slight "Bright and Still," the simplistic lyrics transcend naiveté and venture dangerously close to obtuse, but for the most part, Arnalds shows a pretty decent command of the language.
  7. Mar 6, 2013
    60
    Writing in a different meter results in parts of Sudden Elevation becoming more linear, less abstract than predecessor Innundir Skinni. [Mar 2013, p.89]

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