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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the electronic producer is his first in five years.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 91
    The record may be about repeating, but Jaar has yet to repeat himself.
  2. Nov 4, 2016
    90
    Make no mistake, it’s Jaar in microcosm: a groundbreaking artist using all the weapons at his disposal in an attempt to move you. And trust us, you will be
  3. Nov 23, 2016
    90
    Sirens, more than any other previous release, proves that he is every bit as capable as all the artists mentioned above in creating a true masterpiece.
  4. Oct 6, 2016
    80
    The Chilean producer has released collaborative records, scored films and released a series of incredible 12-inches, Nymphs I through IV. And yet, for all of the sonic breadth of that material, none of it quite prepares listeners for Sirens.
  5. Oct 10, 2016
    80
    Sirens runs swimmingly from track to track, and it’s ideal to consume it without a tracklist; listening as its samples, beats, and voices travel without a map or a compass. It’s clear Jaar wanted to do something similar to what the average listener considers to be an “album”, but making a strong case for his intentions takes patience. Contrary to pop music and accessibility at large, it works well in his favor.
  6. Oct 7, 2016
    80
    It’s a record that feels at once deeply personal and eloquently grand at once. All this aside, musically Sirens is up there with Jaar’s best work
  7. Oct 17, 2016
    50
    It’s not terrible album--it might even make you do a little shoulder shimmy every now and then or remind you of an awesome Depeche Mode song you haven’t listened to in years, but at the end of it you’ll probably find yourself either: a) indifferently bored; b) making bets with yourself on what he’s going to channel next: will it be an oriental theme, a Cuban beat, a doo-wop harmony or will he go rogue with some balalaika? (He doesn’t.)

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  1. Oct 1, 2016
    10
    Just truly amazing ! I was expecting this album for so long and I'm not disappointed ! All in this album is beautiful, Nico really take hisJust truly amazing ! I was expecting this album for so long and I'm not disappointed ! All in this album is beautiful, Nico really take his time to touch us in a deep way. Expand
  2. Oct 3, 2016
    7
    There's a lot of breath and unpredictability to Nico's soundscapes, and he seems to know very well how to make an album flow, but this is notThere's a lot of breath and unpredictability to Nico's soundscapes, and he seems to know very well how to make an album flow, but this is not quite the masterpiece I was expecting (he still seems to be experimenting with many different genres, so I have hopes that one is yet to come). Sirens does a good job at encapsulating the surreal side of walking down the streets of New York at night, hearing other people's conversations and the music around you. In spite of having "The Governor" and "No" here (somewhat unsuccessful attempts at art pop) the gripping opening track is one of Nico's best works so far: there are broken bottles, impressionist piano playing, Radiohead samplings, percussion that sounds quite like nothing I've heard before, and dense synth interplay. Check that one out, it won't disappoint. Expand