- Sirens

Nicolas Jaar - Sirens
CRITIC SCORE
80
Based on 14 reviews
2016 Rank: #56 / 714
USER SCORE
80
Based on
229 ratings

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91
Pretty Much Amazing

This is brave stuff, even if it is masked in poetry. For someone who has concealed himself behind other monikers and never truly followed up his beloved Space is Only Noise until now, this is a surprising record.

90
Resident Advisor

Sirens is his best record because it's both his most straightforward and most experimental, his densest and lightest. Down to its core, Sirens is a stark record with all the verve of a sweeping opus. It's powerful but ambiguous—neither here nor there, which is where Jaar has been all along.

90
XLR8R

This auteur strategy extends to his new, second full-length record, the eagerly awaited Sirens, an ambitious and eclectic album that packs tons of ideas into its runtime and manages to pull them all off with a great deal of style. There’s a lot to digest here.

90
PopMatters

Jaar has been a formidable producer since releasing his earliest singles, but Sirens, more than any other previous release, proves that he is every bit as capable as all the artists mentioned above in creating a true masterpiece. 

87
Pitchfork

He doesn't reveal many new tricks, but his knowledge of his own palette is masterful in every moment. More poetic and thoughtful than ever before, Jaar maintains an ability to fit seemingly disparate sounds together as if they were always meant to find each other.

80
Exclaim!

Employing the production deftness that made Space sparkle, Jaar injects each of Sirens' six tracks with equal parts swagger and poignancy.

80
DIY

‘Sirens’, a record fans have been waiting over half a decade for, is undoubtedly a triumph.

80
The 405

Sirens remains immeasurable in terms of style, genre, songwriting, and overall production. Where Space Is Only Noise and side project Darkside were mostly musical thinkpieces, Sirens asks questions of society that develop in cohesion through repeat listens.

75
Consequence of Sound

You don’t have to understand Sirens to enjoy it, and Sirens doesn’t make listeners feel at odds for not understanding it in full either.

60
The Guardian
The song structures constantly meander and fragment and often dissolve into silence and drone before reconstituting. If this idea seems baffling, it makes no more sense at all in the listening, and by turns hypnotises, frustrates and dazzles. This obstreperousness will only further alienate the doubters, but you cannot fault Jaar’s preposterous ambition.
60
AllMusic

The continuous presence of vocals makes it Jaar's most emotional work yet, opening the door to a wider audience.

50
Drowned in Sound

It’s not terrible album ... but at the end of it you’ll probably find yourself either: a) indifferently bored; b) making bets with yourself on what he’s going to channel next.

Sep 30, 2016
cookie
90
ambient pop?! get the fuck outta here!
Oct 1, 2016*
SiberianBreaks
74
EDIT: Hmmm...

The third instalment to this wonderful trilogy, Sirens, is yet again another ambitious work of art showcasing a more political side to Nico, but the results on a musical level are surprisingly pretty bare for what we've come to know him for. Bare from a writing standpoint that is, not in terms of sound because as you'd come to expect, the production is detailed to the brim with a dynamic variety of influences coming from the Latin world of music.

Thankfully, the political ... read more
Dec 27, 2016
raymon
82
Jaar isn't afraid to step into new territories. That is why he is one of my favorite electronic artists now. This album delivers poetic messages that reveal themselves after repeated listens. This is a sneaky good album. Once you make the meaning of it, it becomes an engaging listen.
Sep 26, 2016*
MarkCooper
85
"I didn't want to make something they could play in a hotel lobby"

Well ya definitely succeeded Nico.

Favorite Tracks: The Governor, Killing Time, Three Sides of Nazareth
Nov 8, 2016
80
Nicolas Jaar has more to say on this sophomore record, he expands his sound and has a clear concept of what message he wants to promote. I really like how diverse and deep this tracks are, they are very cohesive in lyrics but totally different in production, it's universal in its instruments and outcome. There's some moments where Jaar gets a bit too experimental for my taste and seems to distance himself of the path, however, it's merely seconds and they act as a breath of air for the tracks. ... read more
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Track List
  1. Killing Time
  2. The Governor
  3. Leaves
  4. No
  5. Three Sides of Nazareth
  6. History Lesson


Added on: September 23, 2016