The Sister - Marissa Nadler
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  • Summary: The latest release for the Boston singer-songwriter is said to be a continuation of her 2010 self-titled album.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. May 30, 2012
    90
    An impressive concoction of stark minimalism. From its cryptic cover art to its ethereal soundtrack, The Sister is Nadler's journey to self-assurance, in which she paints an intricate portrait of longing and reflection, blurring its sullen edges with shades of hope and prosperity.
  2. May 30, 2012
    80
    These songs are like pearls, lustrous, unknowable and happiest next to bare skin.
  3. The surrounding material is all solid, if not to be ranked as some of her best stuff.
  4. May 31, 2012
    70
    The Sister ultimately comes across as, at best, a retread done well and, at worst, a retreat into previously approved territory by an artist who has noticeably improved as a tactician.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. May 30, 2012
    40
    What is meant to sound intimate and sparse only sounds unfinished, and-dare I say it-downright boring.

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  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. Expand