Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Oct 16, 2012
    80
    Unknown Rooms is spare, gorgeous, and haunting, offering surprises for her established fans and likely winning her new ones in the process.
  2. While there are some issues with the feeling of déjà vu, Unknown Rooms doesn't really do anything noticeably off the mark.
  3. 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.
  4. Oct 16, 2012
    80
    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
    77
    Unknown Rooms is a short album, but its nine songs capture and sustain free-floating fear and menace.
  6. Oct 29, 2012
    80
    Unknown Rooms is very, very accomplished, giving the sense that Wolfe has realised the extent of her own ability and acted on it.
  7. Oct 24, 2012
    80
    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.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 10 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
    9
    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 »