Virgins - Tim Hecker
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  • Summary: The seventh full-length release for the Canadian experimental electronic producer was recorded live in Montreal, Reykjavik, and Seattle.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Oct 18, 2013
    95
    All of it bears his precise touch, but the spectrum of moods he's able to conjure just got a lot wider. [No. 103, p.56]
  2. Oct 15, 2013
    90
    Excavation is entirely capable of conjuring up all sorts of images in your mind while the music plays, but Virgins keeps you focused instead on what’s happening inside of it; for music with so few conventional entry points, Hecker has again managed to make his work structurally and viscerally gripping.
  3. Oct 24, 2013
    90
    This album has all the presence that you should expect it to have.
  4. Oct 10, 2013
    80
    While "Incense At Abu Ghraib" has a horror auteur's knack for intimidation, a shrill whistle barely masking the sound of feet on metal stairs. It's masterful, though it'll leave you feeling like a speck of gravel in self-destructing world. [Nov 2013, p.72]
  5. Oct 14, 2013
    80
    Hecker's sound signature may still be instantly recognizable, but there is no denying that he has moved significantly farther down the path toward something else with Virgins.
  6. Oct 14, 2013
    80
    There is a kind of pure, cathartic rage in Virgins and it leaves moments of intense peace in its wake.
  7. Oct 15, 2013
    70
    This is an intense, unsettling work from the Canadian musician and if it doesn't quite reach the heights of Ravedeath, it's mostly down to Virgins lacking the fluid album arc of the former and not because the tracks are any less powerful.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Oct 16, 2013
    10
    Listening to Tim Hecker's "Virgins" is amazing. After a few listens, slowly memorizing the position and elements of each song, it begins toListening to Tim Hecker's "Virgins" is amazing. After a few listens, slowly memorizing the position and elements of each song, it begins to unfold like an epic, or perhaps, like the shadow of one.

    It's as wide as a cathedral, haunting as the Catacombs of Paris, ominous as an approaching hurricane, cold as Siberia, glitchy as Windows 95, fractured as a broken spine, scary as a horror film, invasive as a parasite, intelligent as a skyscraper's blueprint, instrumentally varied as Texan geography, glowing as moonlight through stained glass windows, melancholic as peacetime after the war, disquieting as a necropolis... and yet, it remains beautiful throughout.

    I enjoyed Tim Hecker's "Ravedeath, 1972" well enough, but "Virgins" speaks to me far more. Stigmata I and II are wonderful together and are perhaps my favorite songs, aside from Virginal I and Virginal II. It's wonderful throughout. Glad I bought it.

    Also, just for kicks: compare Rachel's' "Systems Layers" to the song "Black Refractions." It's interesting how similar they are.
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  2. Dec 29, 2013
    10
    This is the most beautiful album of all time, with a strong vibe of mass destruction. Loving it a lot.

    Must Hear Tracks: Prisms Virginal
    This is the most beautiful album of all time, with a strong vibe of mass destruction. Loving it a lot.

    Must Hear Tracks:
    Prisms
    Virginal I
    Virginal II
    Live Room In

    Not So Good Tracks:
    Live Room Out
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  3. Oct 16, 2013
    9
    Tim hecker creates art with this fantastic music the soundscapes are beautiful, dark tense. It's a perfect comeback to being one of the bestTim hecker creates art with this fantastic music the soundscapes are beautiful, dark tense. It's a perfect comeback to being one of the best experimental artists out there, as Ravedeath 1972, Hecker can bring the shadows of a obscure world to transformate to light, sadness never sounded so good. Excellent! Expand
  4. May 15, 2014
    8
    Tim hecker really delivers on virgins, the hooks on this album are done very well the track live room is my favorite especially the hooks inTim hecker really delivers on virgins, the hooks on this album are done very well the track live room is my favorite especially the hooks in this wow, this album has a dark feel to it. Track after track tim delivers. This album is put together really well 8/10 Collapse
  5. Oct 26, 2013
    8
    This album is a beautiful listening experience. A journey through a road of amazing sounds. Some are sad, others are tense, while others canThis album is a beautiful listening experience. A journey through a road of amazing sounds. Some are sad, others are tense, while others can actually be called scary. And then there are the calm pieces. Just wonderful. It's why "Black Refraction" is my favorite track. It feels almost like a meditation.
    I enjoyed this album more than its predecessor, which is still good in its own right.
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  6. Jan 12, 2014
    3
    it´s far to experimental for me i can´t get with it. i bought it because of it´s high score. maybe i´m a philistine, but i can´t recommend itit´s far to experimental for me i can´t get with it. i bought it because of it´s high score. maybe i´m a philistine, but i can´t recommend it for an average listener. Expand
  7. Dec 8, 2013
    0
    I find this to be totally unlistenable and hard to really quantify as "music". It's more like a bunch of annoying noises layered over eachI find this to be totally unlistenable and hard to really quantify as "music". It's more like a bunch of annoying noises layered over each other in random ways. There are many who will bend over backward to convince themselves that they "get" this album, and try to seem "sophisticated" by liking it. I will not be one of those hipsters. Expand

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