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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Swedish singer-songwriter features a 9,000-pipe organ.
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Evocation
I see it coming closer now I see it very clear The tree, the spring, the history, the spirits that are there I see it coming closer now The picture... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Nov 18, 2015
    85
    Ceremony may have easily conquered the sophomore slump, but The Miraculous is the moment where von Hausswolff truly arrives as an artist.
  2. Uncut
    Nov 13, 2015
    80
    The result is vast and apocalyptic. [Dec 2015, p.81]
  3. Nov 13, 2015
    80
    As a composer, singer, and sound sculptor, Hausswolff is in full control on The Miraculous, balancing harshness and intimacy, heaviness and airy melancholy. It's an uncompromising view, but it's also welcoming.
  4. Nov 13, 2015
    80
    It's the type of album you have to commit to completely, but for those seeking a glimpse of the numinous, it's worth the effort.
  5. Nov 18, 2015
    80
    There’s no denying this is a heavy record, not at all easy going mood music you’d lightly slap on whilst performing menial tasks. But the mix of gentle moments of reflection amongst muscular foreboding sounds save it from being overly doom-laden. And the fact remains, it is a genuinely exciting listen.
  6. The Wire
    Dec 16, 2015
    80
    The sonic immensity and detail of the album, an extended paean to the power of the imagination, with the feel of a dark fairy tale, rivals the most ostentatious of Bob Ezrin's productions for Alice Cooper, Kiss and Lou Reed. [Dec 2015, p.50]
  7. Nov 13, 2015
    60
    Part folk, part neo-classical, part metal; The Miraculous could easily be pigeonholed as a gothic record--and sure, there are definitely elements of that.

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  1. Nov 17, 2015
    8
    Anna von Hausswolff moves on The Miraculous to a place where the land is still shaking from a touching past. She knows how to integrate herAnna von Hausswolff moves on The Miraculous to a place where the land is still shaking from a touching past. She knows how to integrate her fantasy world and reality in a way where rock, prog, folk and classical music keeps each other in balance. The organ sounds predominate and in combination with the guitars and percussion balances between the heavy sounds and intimacy. The most striking is Anna's vocal range, which she fully exploited on the album to make a way through her ​​melancholy and lightheartedness. How heavy it may sound as a whole, the aftermath is what does open your eyes to the miraculous place. 8.0/10

    Full Review (in dutch): http://www.platendraaier.nl/albumrecensies/anna-von-hausswolff-the-miraculous/
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