Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Oct 29, 2012
    Unknown Rooms is very, very accomplished, giving the sense that Wolfe has realised the extent of her own ability and acted on it.
  2. Oct 24, 2012
    Unknown Rooms is entirely built on pure rests and negative space, the nerve-racking space of silence. Everything on the album sounds and feels distant, as if the sounds are emanating from the other end of a dark eternal hallway.
  3. Oct 16, 2012
    Unknown Rooms is spare, gorgeous, and haunting, offering surprises for her established fans and likely winning her new ones in the process.
  4. Oct 16, 2012
    The tone and pace of Wolfe's voice don't really vary that much, and there isn't enough happening with the instrumentation to give the album any real sense of dynamism.
  5. Oct 17, 2012
    Unknown Rooms is a short album, but its nine songs capture and sustain free-floating fear and menace.
  6. While there are some issues with the feeling of déjà vu, Unknown Rooms doesn't really do anything noticeably off the mark.
  7. 70
    Unknown Rooms is admittedly an endeavor to listen to as a whole. But with the dense themes and music also comes reward: an acceptance for the unknown, and plucking the bizarre beauty from the inevitable.
  8. Q Magazine
    Nov 21, 2012
    Short, but thrillingly witchy and proof that Wolfe can command the quiet as well as she does the noise. [Dec 2012, p.115]
  9. Oct 16, 2012
    Wolfe seems out in the open for the first time--overall, though, she's more interesting when she's deep in the woods.
  10. Magnet
    Oct 26, 2012
    When it's not pounding out overly mechanical drum patterns, the band is crowding the better moments with unnecessary noise. A friendly suggestion for Sea Wolf LP number four: solo acoustic. [No.92 p.58]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 9, 2012
    Chelsea Wolfe's voice is amazing! Up there with PJ Harvey, esp. Harvey's album "White Chalk." Some of the time she sounds like that chick fromChelsea Wolfe's voice is amazing! Up there with PJ Harvey, esp. Harvey's album "White Chalk." Some of the time she sounds like that chick from Cowboy Junkies - their first album. These songs are so beautiful. But why so short? It's like an EP. She's at her peak here. Maybe the second half is coming out later on really soon? I'll wait for it. Full Review »