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  • Audio CD (19 Aug 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sacred Bones
  • ASIN: B00DI29OHC
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On the heels of her "Conatus" world tour, Nika Roza Danilova was offered an opportunity to perform at one of the most prestigious modern art museums in the world, NY's Guggenheim. Rather than doing her standard Zola Jesus electronic set she decided she wanted to work with a classical composer who could arrange her songs for a quartet. She recruited legendary industrial pioneer JG Thirlwell (Foetus) to do the arrangements. Since his work as Foetus in the early 80's New York no-wave scene, JG has been scoring and composing symphonic arrangements for his own project Manoerxia, in addition to currently scoring Adult Swim's Venture Brothers series. If there is a common thread to Thirlwell's varied musical styles, it is dramatic intensity and evocative, cinematic quality. Thirlwell's oeuvre runs the gamut from orchestrations, big band, and cathartic noise-rock to abstract electronics, sound sculpture, and chamber music, thus making him the perfect collaborator to help realize Danilova's vision. Danilova explains her intentions with this album, 'Versions is about the bone of the music; taking approximations from past records and turning them inside out. With all framework exposed, the songs are given a new medium in which to evolve and bloom into their own tiny worlds.' The show went over amazingly well with the Village Voice proclaiming that Zola Jesus 'conquered the Guggenheim' and eMusic writing, 'Nika Roza Danilova's performance was not confined by the normal genres and subgenres we affix to music, it was truly art.' Removing the bulk of electronics from these songs gives them the space to breath, thusly opening them up to be received by a much wider audience who perhaps don't normally venture into the techno-pop/ industrial arena. Look for select Zola Jesus dates this fall with JG and quartet in Berlin, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Seattle, New York and Paris, including a stop at Asheville's Mountain Oasis Festival.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A joy to hear 10 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD
If, like me, you have all of the previous albums then you may initially be disappointed to see that this is not new material but listen and hear a beautiful reinterpretation of great songs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reimagining Zola Jesus' earlier work 18 Mar 2014
By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Zola Jesus is the stage name of Nika Roza Danilova, who has released in quick succession a number of albums, the most recent before this one being 2011's "Conatus". Now comes this reimagination of her earlier work

"Versions" (10 tracks; 41 min. ) was recorded at the tail end of her tour in support of "Conatus". The Guggenheim Museum in New York approached her to perform, and Danilova chose to radically reinvent the arrangements of her catalog by bringing in the Mivos Quartet. The result is this album, which stands in contrast to her earlier albums, not only because the outright classical nature of the album, but also as it spotlights Danilova's voice and lyrics more than ever before, check out the opener "Avalanche (Slow)", one of six tracks on here which first appeared on "Conatus". It is followed by "Fall Back", a brand new song, in which she croons "In the dark/I feel you around me/In this clouded mess/You surround me", wow. The only track that ventures out from the strict "chamber music" format is the album's closer "Vessel", which rocks more or less. In all this is quite the album. To be clear: if you don't like classical (chamber) music, do yourself a favor and stay away from this. I found this album to be quite the eye-opener, and heard Zola Jesus in a way I had never heard her before.

I had the good fortune of seeing Zola Jesus in concert here in Cincinnati in early 2012 when she was touring in support of "Conatus", and what an incredible show that was. Backed by a keyboard player, an electronic viola player and a percussionist, Danilova put on a fabulous show, being a woman possessed it seemed. Great, great show. Meanwhile, for something very different yet equally intriguing, I readily recommend "Versions" to you.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Vision Delight 24 Aug 2013
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Just when I thought I knew and loved everything I needed to know
about Zola Jesus, High Priestess Of Shadows, along comes this
collaboration with J G Thirwell and The Mivos Quartet. 'Versions'
presents us with some revealing and exciting new transcriptions
of Nika Roza Danilova's past sonic inventions and what it shows us
beyond all else is what a remarkably good voice she has when stripped
of the stark electronic bombast and vocal distortions to which we have
become accustomed in the dark territories which are her usual domain.

Jump straight to the new take on 'Night' from the 2010 album 'Stridulum II'
for an uplifting glimpse of just how soulful Ms Danilova can be when she
is released from the constraints of her basic-black Gothic script. So
too with the glorious re-imagining of 'Avalanche' from 2011's 'Conatus'!
Out with the quasi-Siouxsie Sioux antics - in with a heartfelt performance of
great warmth and clarity framed by a wonderfully luminous string arrangement.

Elsewhere, 'Hikikomori' springs light-footed and fancy free into bright new
life and the simply beautiful final track 'Collapse' proves beyond doubt that
Ms Danilova is both a writer and singer of idiosyncratically remarkable caliber.

If you have the earlier recordings don't let that stop you hearing these too.

Highly Recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS ALBUM 27 Aug 2013
By D. J. Ammon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you loved 2011's Conatus, you will enjoy this. Versions contains songs from Conatus but played on strings and given the orchestral treatment. The songs are slowed down and the beats replaced with violins, viola and cello. Nika Roza Danilova's vocals are forefront and beautiful. Lyrics you may have missed on Conatus due to all the drumming are clearly heard. Even though I know the songs from Conatus, the arrangements are so different it is like an entirely new album. Highly recommend.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, mesmerizing, neo-classical electro-Goth 14 Sep 2013
By Charlie Quaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
4th studio release from dark chanteuse Nika Roza Danilova, out of Madison, Wisconsin is a
collaboration with producer J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus), who helps flesh out softly poignant, orchestral
arrangements that emphasize the strength, tone & purity of Danilova's exceptional voice. You
get beautiful, mesmerizing, neo-classical electro-Goth indie pop ballads that recall Liz Frasier
(Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil), Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes) and Diamanda Galas.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Versions 8 Sep 2013
By Zackwlsn5 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's really great to hear these songs in different form. It truly is like listening to a different album because each song takes on a completely different sound and emotion than the original work. The standout tracks for me are "Night", "Sea Talk", and the CD only track "Vessel".
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artful and innovative 18 Sep 2013
By Susan Stade-Bergstrom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The combination of a voice with a capital V, backed by a string quartet is surprising and beautiful. The music is haunting and romantic. This is the second CD I've bought by Zola Jesus and I was not disappointed. Versions is a work of art.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new spin on Jesus's music. 19 Mar 2014
By Ferris Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This album is one of my current favorites and has been for a while. Personally, I think the sound is better on this accompanied version and a lot of the tracks sound better than the originals which is a rarity in my findings. While the whole album cover to cover is listenable and even rather good, it is a couple songs that are the real takeaway from this gem. Fall Back, Hikikomori (a Japanese word that more or less means to be withdrawn socially), and Seekir are not only my favorite tracks of the album but some of my favorite tracks in the last couple of years. Kudos to the Mivos Quartet for the accompaniment that provides a deeper,darker and fuller tone to the tracks and almost a slight dissonance at times that actually is additive to the music. Great album.
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