- In the Same Room

Julia Holter - In the Same Room
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 11 reviews
USER SCORE
77
Based on
28 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

92
GIGsoup

For those already enamoured by Holter’s rich, original songs this is an album that provides a fresh look at some of her best work and, for that, it’s a must listen.

87
Paste

Emphasizing the nimble quartet’s interplay, the uncluttered arrangements and clean, uncredited, production suggest a jazz or classical session, not pop calculation.

80
Exclaim!

These re-workings reaffirm her as a tour-de-force and an example of a truly one-of-a-kind musician whose music stands at the crossroads of high art and popular music.

80
Under The Radar

In the Same Room is orchestral and operatic, brushed lines and dramatic gestures, and the presentation of what's at stake, the counts, strings, piano, and drums gathering in a splendid coup.

80
AllMusic

Each of Holter's studio albums showcases her skill at transporting listeners into the worlds she creates; on In the Same Room, she brings all of these worlds together in performances that are equally intimate and spectacular.

80
Drowned in Sound

Julia Holter’s is a talent best shown stretched, pulled-out and free-flowing in live performance. This recording environment suits her just right.

80
The 405

Holter and her band's simpatico understanding allows them to explore new corridors in the songs’ attics as they arise. The musicians all have significant backgrounds in jazz, and this looseness to deviate from the songs’ original structures gives this release a valuable raison d’etre.

76
Pitchfork

Featuring gorgeous, dynamic live studio recordings from her last two albums, In the Same Room is a showcase of Holter's imagination and her ability to reimagine.

75
The Line of Best Fit

In The Same Room allows us to get further inside Holter’s songs, to find a certain empathy and commonality in them that we may have had to work harder to identify in her studio albums.

70
PopMatters

Holter’s work revisiting her catalog offers a glimpse into her artistry and songwriting, and a solid addition to the career In the Same Room overall compliments.

60
DIY

The arrangements aren’t wildly different from their recorded originals, but it’s the vibrancy with which they’re sonically captured that stands out.

ZiggyStardust
78
It would be better If she reworked her older songs to fit the 'Have You In My Wilderness' style. This is still great though.
WildChameleon
75
+ Gorgeous work

- Wrong tracks choice
Shadowcat
70
Favorite Tracks: Silhouette, Feel You, Lucette Standed on the Island, Besty on the Roof
MarkCooper
83
Favorite Tracks: Horns Surrounding Me, Betsy on the Roof, Lucette Stranded on the Island
70
An exploration of all that is Julia Holter, in the best environment imaginable, as the title aptly points out, all in the same room.

While there is nothing new here, it is a great entry point to anyone wishing to have a listen to Holter.

For long-time listeners notably "World" is missing, and if you aren't too fond of her previous album this could be a real let-down as the majority of those songs live in this live-album.

PS: Do not worry there is no clapping or any crowd-noise for ... read more
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Track List
  1. Horns Surrounding Me
  2. So Lillies
  3. Silhouette
  4. How Long?
  5. Feel You
  6. Lucette Stranded on the Island
  7. In the Green Wild
  8. City Appearing
  9. Vasquez
  10. Betsy on the Roof
  11. Sea Calls Me Home
Contributions By
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Added on: December 16, 2016