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  • Summary: The seventh full-length release for the Norwegian avant-garde artist features guest appearances from Félicia Atkinson, Laura Jean and Vivian Wang.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
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  1. Sep 24, 2019
    90
    After so many records, a debut novel and another book on the way, it's a privilege to be invited into Hval's private mental space. Like picking up a conversation with a much wiser friend, each new album compacts her advancing thought into a kind of guidebook for those who aren't quite so mentally together, all her latest learnings folded in. ... Obviously, Hval is anything but ordinary.
  2. Sep 13, 2019
    85
    Jenny Hval has never come closer to a universal truth. If she’s often felt to have been speaking from on high, Hval has never been more purely human than on The Practice of Love.
  3. Uncut
    Sep 12, 2019
    80
    For anyone who enjoys a dash of shimmering disco hedonism with their feminist theory, or who simply harbours a lingering respect for the sun-drenched joy of '90s trance techno, this album offers a richly rewarding dialogue with mainstream pop. Crucially, Hval understands well the strange, seductive, subversive potency of "cheap" music. [Oct 2019, p.28]
  4. Sep 12, 2019
    80
    Transcendental trance with some fierce poetry and song? Colour us impressed.
  5. The Wire
    Sep 13, 2019
    80
    It’s dense and esoteric, but gorgeous. [Oct 2019, p.55]
  6. Sep 30, 2019
    80
    The Practice of Love reveals the sensitive humane core that was always behind Hval’s practice of enlightened dissent. The album develops an elegant approach to solving the existential problems of love, care and intimacy from the position of otherness.
  7. Sep 16, 2019
    60
    The smoothness of Hval’s musical vehicle, this time around, allows her ideas to slip in softly, almost subliminally: humanity as a virus, technology’s role in romance, bereavement, panic attacks. It’s an eerie sort of euphoria, but no less of a rush for it.

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  1. Sep 21, 2019
    10
    This is a bit different to her previous record but ai like it and that is my review
  2. Sep 13, 2019
    7
    It's an interstellar record hitting, of course, bigger audiences. A brave step from the beloved Norwegian Jenny Hval. Well done! :)
  3. Oct 5, 2019
    6
    On her 7th studio album, this conceptual artist from Oslo, Norway continues down the path of eclectic, experimental electronic music. HerOn her 7th studio album, this conceptual artist from Oslo, Norway continues down the path of eclectic, experimental electronic music. Her lyrics often arise from a philosophical feminist perspective on sexuality, relationships and life dichotomies. Musically, she exudes a sense of mystery with floating synthesizers, electronic pop sounds and existential poetry. Hval is a member of the band Rockettothesky. “The Practice Of Love”, like all Jenny Hval albums, is not made for everyone—but, if you find yourself on a compatible wavelength, you will be ecstatically immersed. Expand

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