Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Jun 6, 2013
    80
    Tales of a GrassWidow is a more coherent album than the clunkily political Shaking the Habitual, the critically acclaimed new release from the Knife.
  2. CocoRosie [is] squat, inventively, somewhere between Fever Ray and Joanna Newsom.
  3. May 28, 2013
    80
    Tales of a GrassWidow may not be as overtly challenging as Grey Oceans, but it offers some of CocoRosie's most focused, accomplished songs yet.
  4. 80
    Tales of a Grasswidow is easily CocoRosie's most satisfying, fully realised work so far.
  5. May 23, 2013
    80
    It is a bewitching, beautiful album, with no two songs alike.
  6. May 23, 2013
    80
    The Casadys' knack for sifting vivid, dreamy songs out of harrowing subject matter is no less potent here. [Jun 2013, p.96]
  7. May 30, 2013
    70
    They make albums that make you squint and stare at the floor and convince yourself you like it, maybe. And somehow, you’ll find yourself listening until you’re sure you do.
  8. 70
    The Casady sisters spin some of their most accessible tracks in years.
  9. May 24, 2013
    70
    Tales Of A Grass Widow won’t alter opinions; if anything it’ll cement them. But for those who enjoy CocoRosie, album number five is every bit as intriguing and fulfilling as they’d hope.
  10. May 23, 2013
    70
    Aside from the odd burst of medieval flute, their fifth album is unlikely to scare the horses, striking a neat balance of darkly powerful and whimsical. [Jun 2013, p.70]
  11. May 23, 2013
    70
    Yes, sometimes it sounds like a circus rave in a toybox, and it's not what you would call relaxing. But it's uplifting, triumphant and inquisitive.
  12. May 29, 2013
    67
    It's all remarkably pleasant for a CocoRosie album--you leave it not with the feeling of having weathered an intriguing, baffling ordeal, but of having listened to something recognizable as an album.
  13. 65
    The eleven tracks show little shift in the sisters’ sound, which remains as beguiling--or as infuriating--as ever.
  14. May 28, 2013
    60
    Too much of the material on their fifth album is content to merely sit in the background, not something from which they usually suffer.
  15. May 23, 2013
    60
    Those all curious about CocoRosie should begin here. [Jun 2013, p.88]
  16. May 28, 2013
    50
    There’s a genuinely evocative album buried under the obnoxiousness.
  17. May 28, 2013
    50
    CocoRosie certainly revel in their unorthodoxy but this doesn’t always make for enjoyable listening; perhaps if their Tales Of A Grasswidow knew how to breathe, their macabre hymns might pack a little more pluck.
  18. 33
    The eleven tracks on the album, while almost uniformly unpleasant, all share an underlying moroseness sewn together by Bianca Casady’s unnerving vocals.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 30, 2013
    9
    This new album shows how much CocoRosie have grown in this 10 years. It might not be a clear thing for most of the people, but it has aThis new album shows how much CocoRosie have grown in this 10 years. It might not be a clear thing for most of the people, but it has a magical flow to it, and it shows the musical evolution that they made in the past years. It contains, for sure, some of the most magical moments that they ever gave us! Full Review »
  2. Jul 12, 2013
    8
    8 for the great album, but ONE STAR for the stupid 18-minute "hidden track" at the end. The track itself is fine, but I don't want to sit8 for the great album, but ONE STAR for the stupid 18-minute "hidden track" at the end. The track itself is fine, but I don't want to sit there for 15 minutes of silence waiting for it. Really remarkably dumb. Full Review »