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Solid Gothic album,
This review is from: Conatus (Audio CD)
This review comes from an internet game. You buy an album you've never heard of from a shop. Then you write your impression of it before and after listening to it for the first time.
---BEFORE LISTENING TO IT---
WHY DID YOU SELECT THIS ONE? It was cheap and it had a pretty girl on the cover.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE COVER? It's a nice, mostly white and grey image of a blonde with dark eyebrows wrapped in a sheet. It's a good, striking image.
WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC ARE YOU REALISTICALLY EXPECTING? I expect cold, emotionally distant, piercingly loud octave jumping female vocals by a trained musician. I half suspect this could be borderline classical music with strings and cellos and violins etc. I will be surprised if there's any guitar on the album. I don't expect an easy listen. There is no way songs with titles like `Hikikomori' or `Ixode' are fun, easy to digest songs. As soon as people start with the made up words, it's time to get scared (assuming they're not in a foreign language or referring to prescription drugs or something). `Avalanche' brings to mind the Leonard Cohen song of the same name. `Lick the Palm of the Burning Handshake' has to be a weird song. I also suspect the pacing will often be slow and dirge-like.
BEST CASE SCENARIO IT WILL SOUND LIKE? Challenging, obtuse music that can be penetrated after about eight listens to reveal greatness.
WORST CASE SCENARIO IT WILL SOUND LIKE? Just really horrible crap that tries the patience without any hints of future rewards if you keep at it.
HIGH, LOW OR MIDDLING EXPECTATIONS? Middling.
---AFTER LISTENING TO IT---
WHAT DID IT SOUND LIKE? Like Nine Inch Nails with the heavy metal element removed. It seemed to be mostly ambient washes of synths and twitchy drum machines with the occasional piano. Her voice is a bit like a smacked out Siouxsie Sioux. Her words are, at least on this first listen, hard to make out. She has a strangely dramatic delivery.
I got the impression she was a one man band like Trent Reznor, which seems to be borne out by the credit that reads `Performed by Nika Roza Danilova'. As for the synths, the settings have been switched from `Dance Club' to `Church'. There is a definite touch of goth to her music. She reminds me of many different reference points (NIN, The Knife, Mazzy Star, Siouxsie, Susanne Sundfør), but I can't pin her down to one specifically. I guess she is equally influenced by a lot of sources but is doing her own original thing so she doesn't sound too much like anyone else.
DID YOU LIKE IT? Yes. Very pretty sounding music.
DID IT SATISFY, SURPASS OR FAIL YOUR EXPECTATIONS? It was nothing like what I expected so I can't really answer that.
WHAT ARE THE BEST SONGS? `Avalanche', `Vessel' and `In Your Nature'.
WHAT ARE THE WEAKEST SONGS? `Swords' (pointless short instrumental opener), `Seekir', `Skin' (slow piano dirge) and `Collapse'.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT TO OTHERS? Yes. Interesting voice and the 40 minute album is free of any clunkers. At its worst it's just average.
PLEASE DESCRIBE AND SUM IT UP IN ONE SENTENCE. An appealing gothic ambient album with proper songs and a distinctive singer.
ANY OTHER COMMENTS? She sings on the song `Intro' from the Hurry Up, We're Dreaming album by M83.
---TWO MONTHS LATER---
HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE PLAYED IT? Maybe two or three times as an album, and a lot on shuffle.
HAS THE ALBUM IMPROVED OR WORSENED WITH TIME? Stayed the same. It's a decent album, but not one I can get that excited about. It's more solid than anything special.
ANY PREVIOUSLY UNNOTICED SONGS NOW A NEW FAVOURITE? No.
ANY OTHER COMMENTS? 'appealing gothic ambient album with proper songs and a distinctive singer'. I have to backtrack a little on that last part. From my review of Kyla La Grange's Ashes (2012) album:
'I bought an album called Conatus (2011) by Zola Jesus at the same time [as Ashes]. The two of them have been played on shuffle together along with other music. The two albums have now become confused in my mind. You might face palm yourself when I say this, but I struggle to tell them apart. If I play them side by side I can tell which is which, but when played among other artists I can get confused. The singers sound very similar in my opinion, and their music is also rather similar despite one being folk-rock and the other gothic soundscapes. What can I say, I'm not that smart. So if you like this then you should also like the other one.'
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Initial post: 6 Mar 2014 02:58:17 GMT
mister joe says:
Nine Inch Nails.....heavy metal?
And what's with the box tick consumer questionnaire style?It's hideous.Not helpful.
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