- Have You in My Wilderness

Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness
CRITIC SCORE
87
Based on 25 reviews
2015 Rank: #7 / 740
USER SCORE
84
Based on
461 ratings

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100
The Skinny

Uninhibited, focused and majestically crafted, she’s simply never sounded more vital.

100
musicOMH
This may well be Holter’s most accessible album to date, but it’s this very approachability that renders it all the more intriguing, drawing you in with open arms. Stately and serene, it’s a wilderness that begs to be inhabited for some time, a country you’ll be reluctant to leave.
100
The Guardian
The result is a genuinely exceptional and entrancing album, opaque but effective, filled with beautiful, skewed songs, unconventional without ever feeling precious or affected.
90
Loud and Quiet

Rather than nodding respectfully at the artists of the past, Holter now fixes her stare inward, shining a torch on what makes her tick as a human being. The result is a much more honest and more personal collection.

90
Under The Radar

Superlatives barely do the record's beauty or brilliance justice. Something this exquisite extends beyond words on a page or, frankly, sound in the ears. Have You In My Wilderness is meant to be experienced; it's meant to be felt. Only then will you understand just how special Julia Holter's creation truly is.

90
Clash
It’s hard to imagine anyone else ever recording these songs, so indelibly does Holter leave her mark.
90
Exclaim!

Have You In My Wilderness finds Holter narrowing her focus a little. In doing so, she gets the best of both worlds, showing off her ability to write warm and breezy pop music while maintaining the complexity, and perplexity, that made her so intriguing to begin with.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

Have You In My Wilderness is all about walking away and looking back, the content of desire and its form, the voice in search of clarifying itself.

90
AllMusic

While it's tempting to say Have You in My Wilderness is her most personal music yet, it might be more accurate to say that it's her most approachable: this time, her brilliance demands a lot from her listeners, but also meets them more than halfway.

90
PopMatters

The songs on Have You in My Wilderness move gently with few exception at the peaceful state of many ballads.

90
The Needle Drop
Julia Holter's latest record is one of the most heavenly albums I've heard in the past five years.
88
Sputnikmusic

Deciphering the message in her words relies on just how much time the listener is willing to devote to the album, but with music this brilliant, the task seems all the more alluring.

85
The Line of Best Fit
In a career that has been nothing short of innovative, this arguably marks a creative peak.
85
The 405
In all, Holter has made an album about blissful, hypnotic escape in many forms, and in listening to it and engaging with it, you'll be overwhelmed by these feelings too.
84
Pitchfork

For an artist who could sometimes seem forbidding or remote, Have You In My Wilderness feels humane,  and with each new release, it seems like a bit more of the personal is teased out of Holter's stately, high-concept approach.

84
Resident Advisor

Even if Have You In My Wilderness is Holter's most accessible record to date, it's riddled with enough puzzles, lyrical twists and delicate refinement to remain intriguing listen after listen.

83
Consequence of Sound

While still dreamlike, Have You in My Wilderness, Holter’s fourth album, is something clearly felt — the ocean spray on the warm breeze, the sun baking exposed limbs, a hand glancing across your skin before drifting away.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Have You in My Wilderness’ best quality is that it won’t let you down if you get up close and sit with it for a while.

80
Drowned in Sound
Holter’s songs are grand, cinematic experiences, akin to entering a nebulous, shimmering other-world.
80
DIY
Julia Holter always stood out as a left-field crafter of melody; this album establishes her as a unique lyric voice, too.
80
NME

Album number four from this Los Angeles native is defined by its sense of cinematic grandeur and romantic narrative.

80
NOW Magazine

Her new one ... is about matters of the heart, and its stunning textures come in part from the 30-year-old singer/songwriter’s ensemble of talented L.A. musicians.

80
Crack Magazine

Have You in My Wilderness sees her positively gliding towards accessibility; she sacrifices none of her experimental credentials, but demonstrates no fear of allowing her sound to evolve either.

80
God Is in the TV

With the change in musical temperature on Have You In My Wilderness, Julia Holter’s collection is now suitable for all seasons, rather than just the cold and sheltered moments of winter.

70
Rolling Stone
All the world's indeed a stage on this enchanting fifth LP, the latest in the California singer-composer's evolution from avant-electronic vocal explorer towards a lush semi-pop middle-ground that's theatrical, liturgical and shoe-gazing.
Sep 29, 2015
austincrane235
94
It's hard to do homework to this album. Every fifteen seconds or so, you get chills that make it impossible to do anything other than to lean back in your chair and whisper "goddamn" to yourself. Bravo Julia. This is a gem
May 28, 2016*
BuffaloStaple
95
I've decided that this is my favourite album of 2015, Julia is an absolute master of building a crescendo, tracks like Night Song, the title track, Sea Call Me Home & especially Betsy On The Roof completely floor me everytime I hear them. No matter how many times I listen to this, i'm never prepared for how stunned i'll be by the time it ends.

Fav Tracks: Betsy On The Roof, Night Song, Feel You, How Long?, Sea Calls Me Home, Have You In My Wilderness

Least Fav Tracks: Everytime Boots
Sep 24, 2015
indiegalaxy10
100
The crystalline sunlight reflected on the sea, and the delicate shore, with an ethereal white dress that rests, on its wilderness. That's what this masterpiece reminds me of.
Sep 7, 2015
94
Take Live Recordings, Julia's first release as a tape, where she included two tracks called, "Sea Called Me Home" and "Betsy on the Roof". In Live Recordings, she sounded smal, but curious to experiment, to see the outside. A few years later, those same songs appear in her new album Have You In My Wilderness, but with some very notorious changes. Tthey sound expanded, big. As if Holter always imagined them to sound like that but never had the opportunity to sound big until ... read more
Mar 12, 2017
JustinSlick
94
Had to edit my rating upward because I'm still listening to this. I love this album so much; a masterpiece as far as I'm concerned.

It is simultaneously accessible and atypical, and that is something to cherish in music. What can I say, if I made a "decade list" today, this would surely be in the top 15.
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Track List
  1. Feel You
  2. Silhouette
  3. How Long?
  4. Lucette Stranded On the Island
  5. Sea Calls Me Home
  6. Night Song
  7. Everytime Boots
  8. Betsy On the Roof
  9. Vasquez
  10. Have You In My Wilderness


Added on: July 9, 2015