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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the Norwegian pop artist AURORA features a guest appearance from Pomme.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 21, 2022
    90
    These songs are her most heartfelt to date, reaching into the depths of her character. The influence of Björk is occasionally audible, but so are inflections from as far afield as Enya and composer Karl Jenkins. Yet Aurora is very much herself, one of the most exciting female singers around – and The Gods We Can’t Touch adds another set of strings to her generously filled bow.
  2. 90
    Here she is not just a musician, but a generational talent capable of creating transfixing otherworlds and, with The Gods We Can Touch, an ethereal masterpiece.
  3. Feb 10, 2022
    84
    The Gods We Can Touch feels like a very round pop record, a little bit of everything for everyone, and it's been smartly complemented by great visuals (the video for "Cure for Me" is mesmerizing) and an impeccable production job by Magnus Skylstad, who doubles down as a drummer in her live performances, and multi-instrumentalist and producer Matias Tellez. Definitely a strong contender for one of the most interesting pop albums of the year.
  4. Jan 19, 2022
    80
    Tightly paced electronic seams blur with floating chamber pop and global influences, warding off any sense of inertia on an album that has one foot in the worldly and another in the firmament.
  5. Jan 20, 2022
    80
    Though it’s certainly too early to discuss The Gods We Can Touch within 2022’s broader musical canon, it is undoubtedly a complete and flavorful work that contains all the glorious highs and careful lows that Aksnes has always been capable of producing, but has never fully nailed until now.
  6. Jan 19, 2022
    80
    These monumental tunes are totally bewitching from start to finish with heartfelt moments and deep intent packed into every second.
  7. Mojo
    Jan 24, 2022
    60
    It's hard not to wonder whether Aksnes has been crowded-out on her own album [Mar 2022, p.83]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. Jan 22, 2022
    10
    No song on this album sounds like All My Demons. No song on this album feels like Infections Of A Different Kind. No song on this album feelsNo song on this album sounds like All My Demons. No song on this album feels like Infections Of A Different Kind. No song on this album feels like A Different Kind. AURORA, YOU MANAGED ONCE AGAIN TO INNOVATE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Expand
  2. Jan 21, 2022
    10
    This singer who raises the greatest music with her voice, she has just made one of the best albums of the decade. Songs that take you toThis singer who raises the greatest music with her voice, she has just made one of the best albums of the decade. Songs that take you to heaven like "Blood In The Wine" or that make you want to dance like "A Temporary High." without a doubt this singer has exceeded all of my expectations and really since her first debut album I consider myself a fan and I never imagined a GREAT album like The Gods We Can Touch Expand
  3. Jan 21, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before, unafraid to reference or not reference, put it in a blender, **** on it, vomit on it, eat it, give birth to it. Expand
  4. Jan 23, 2022
    10
    An incredible synergistically themed collection of songs by perhaps the greatest female singer/songwriter on the scene today! Aurora justAn incredible synergistically themed collection of songs by perhaps the greatest female singer/songwriter on the scene today! Aurora just continues to grow and branch out as an artist of the first magnitude! Expand
  5. May 11, 2022
    10
    My favorite freak from pop music. Aurora is original without been pendant, showing pop music don't need to be obvious.
  6. Jan 22, 2022
    10
    The Gods We Can Touch... El album que toca la divinidad.

    Muchos eran los ojos puestos en el tercer album de estudio de AURORA Asknes, si bien
    The Gods We Can Touch... El album que toca la divinidad.

    Muchos eran los ojos puestos en el tercer album de estudio de AURORA Asknes, si bien por las altas expectativas de sus fans después de sus dos anteriores magníficas y mágicas producciones o por los críticos de la industria músical quienes estaban escépticos de que se pudiera mantener el nivel después del éxito contundente de la bruja nórdica.

    Pues bien, ella ha regresado a romperlo todo con un album que no solo cumple con las expectativas de todos, si no que las supera con creces pues vemos a una AURORA más sólida, más madura en voz y más confiada en explorar distintas tonalidades y estilos musicales sin perder su característico mágico misticismo y por el contrario, lo escala al siguiente nivel en donde toca la divinidad.

    15 canciones que fluyen como el maná de principio a fin, envolviéndote en un hechizo que te engulle a su mundo de fantasía en dónde podrás danzar con los dioses de la obscuridad, la luz y el amor en temas narrativos que van desde mujeres que han conquistado libertades, la salud mental, la espiritualidad o bien desafiar el cuerpo con el que nacimos.

    Es exquisito escuchar las influencias de AURORA reflejadas en ésta producción, solo por mencionar algunas: El saxofón y violines tan elegantemente colocados en "This Could Be A Dream" de verdad es una caricia al alma. El bandoneón estilo tango que recuerda a Madredeus con ese aire fantasmagórico en "Artemis". La mandolina y coros celestiales tipo Enya para generar la canción de cuna más hermosa escuchada en "A Little Place Called The Moon". Un piano que parece tocado por la mismísima Tori Amos en Everything Matters. O electrónica ochentera en "A Temporary High" entre otros muchos gestos musicales sutiles, languidecidos y con clase que ella hace a lo largo de las canciones.

    Todo el album en un perfecto equilibrio de armonía, ritmo y estilo, con una producción espectacular nada exagerada de synt, reverbs, beats y lo-Fi. Creando la atmósfera ideal para que la voz celestial de AURORA brille en todo su esplendor.

    Por último solo quiero añadir que ha nacido uno de los albumes más hermosos de los últimos tiempos del corazón de AURORA que nos invita a encontrar esa divinidad que yace en nosotros mismos.
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  7. Jan 25, 2022
    6
    This is the first AURORA album I listened to. Honestly I didn't enjoy this album that much. I can't connect with some tracks. I love theThis is the first AURORA album I listened to. Honestly I didn't enjoy this album that much. I can't connect with some tracks. I love the production but I don't like how some tracks were written. As much as I enjoyed the production, I don't find the lyrics very communicating. Expand

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