Violet Cries - Esben and the Witch
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  • Summary: The Brighton trio's gloom-and-doom melodies are a mix of post-rock and experimental gothic blues, menacing interludes, and dark, hypnotic vocals.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Feb 7, 2011
    90
    Whichever road they happen to tread next, it'll be worthwhile following in their footsteps.
  2. Feb 7, 2011
    80
    Revel in the gloom.
  3. Feb 14, 2011
    80
    Theirs is a music of doomed melancholy –- plaintive, dark, and uneasy.
  4. Feb 7, 2011
    60
    Named after a grim Danish fairy tale, Esben and the Witch pursues a narrow course on their first album, Violet Cries, a morose, pitch-black update of the '80s dark-wave template.
  5. Mar 8, 2011
    60
    It's an intriguing, powerful sound, and due to the subsequent nightmares caused, I now look forward to sending Esben both my psychiatrist's and dry cleaner's bills.
  6. 60
    Violet Cries, one of the more anticipated debut albums of the year, isn't a let down, but it's a difficult album to get a grasp on.
  7. 10
    If Esben and the Witch don't quell their sonic histrionics, they may not get a second curtain call.

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  1. Feb 26, 2011
    4
    "Violent Cries" just may be the music for an exclusive club of miseries immersed in a belief that Esben & The Witch gravitate beyond the"Violent Cries" just may be the music for an exclusive club of miseries immersed in a belief that Esben & The Witch gravitate beyond the normal artistic boundaries. For everyone else it's just three tiresome musicians desperately trying to be taken seriously by presenting an impenetrably dull, brooding and lifeless experience. http://hackskeptic.com Collapse