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  • Summary: The second release for the Finnish singer-songwriter was produced by Vladislav Delay.
  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Aug 12, 2014
    100
    Brace yourself. This album is more clinging than quicksand, it is uncompromising, transcendent voodoo. [Sep 2014, p.92]
  2. Aug 12, 2014
    90
    Simply put, When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day is one of the best albums of the year.
  3. 80
    When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day is in many ways an astounding album; unflinching in its tales of abuse, murder and death it marks Mirel Wagner out not just as a musician of immense talent, but also as a story teller and poet who’s able to weave gripping tales from bleak reality.
  4. Aug 25, 2014
    80
    The likes of Mark Lanegan and Nick Cave have a new rival in the practising of dark musical arts.
  5. Aug 12, 2014
    72
    Wagner’s songs remain skeletal--still just bone and flaking flesh--but the sound is more polished, crisper and starker and at times even slick.
  6. Aug 12, 2014
    70
    Throughout, minimally invasive production from Vladislav Delay creates a fuller sense of emptiness, resulting in one big, glorious downer. [No. 112, p.61]
  7. Aug 12, 2014
    60
    This is Wagner's second album, and that was the backstory of her 2012 self-titled debut. This follow-up is no less enigmatic.

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  1. Aug 15, 2014
    10
    Somewhere between Billie Holliday and Tracy Chapman with a glimpse of Mississippi delta comes enigmatically from mysterious Finnish-EthiopianSomewhere between Billie Holliday and Tracy Chapman with a glimpse of Mississippi delta comes enigmatically from mysterious Finnish-Ethiopian artist. Music is simple and pure, what hold album together are the lyrics. Mirel is a wonderful story-teller while stories themselves are terrifying. "In My Father's House" is the number one story here. Expand