Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jul 25, 2012
    60
    The decision to rein in the forward-thinking, more ambitious, and colorful musical and textural steps she made on her last recording makes this rather monochromatic affair feel somewhat longer than its scant 33 minutes.
  2. May 31, 2012
    60
    Nadler's shortest and sparsest full-length yet. The decision to limit it to little more than a handful of tracks ensures it's succinct and absent of any songs I could comfortably call 'bad' or even 'not good,' but it also means there's no room for any of the risks that made her older work so fresh and adventurous.
  3. May 31, 2012
    60
    The one place where The Sister falters, and where it falls just short of its predecessor, is that it doesn't always take advantage of that layering [of music from her supporting musicians].... With so few songs here, these moments of isolation seem to take up too much time on a short record about building a bridge back to the world of the living.
  4. May 30, 2012
    60
    A few tracks wisp away into nothingness, but on work like "Your Heart is a Twisted Vine," Nadler approaches timelessness as well.
  5. 60
    It's a bit disappointing to see her regress from the bold moves she made on 2011's Marissa Nadler, but it seems to be the trade-off we've made for The Sister's lyrical clarity.
  6. May 30, 2012
    40
    What is meant to sound intimate and sparse only sounds unfinished, and-dare I say it-downright boring.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Aug 26, 2012
    6
    The problem here isn\'t the beauty and dreamy aura created by Nadler, it is that the listener isn\'t brought in emotionally. I found myselfThe problem here isn\'t the beauty and dreamy aura created by Nadler, it is that the listener isn\'t brought in emotionally. I found myself hypnotized by the swirling acoustic guitar, but the lyrics drifted above my attention. I was faintly aware of Nadlers words, but they were always hers and never a connection to me. A great album to set a mood, a great record for being lost in music soundscapes, but not many are going to walk away from here knowing its content. Full Review »