AOTY 2017
Juana Molina - Halo
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #26 / 653
User Score
Based on 80 ratings
2017 Ratings: #45
Your Review

CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Drowned in Sound

We shouldn’t expect less mastery from a physicist two decades into her field – yet, even for Molina, who has trekked odysseys through drone and voice before, Halo marks an epiphany in the science of travel.

91
GIGsoup
Completely free of genre restraints, ‘Halo’ is an album that exists purely on its own terms. It’s independently spirited but it’s certainly not indie. It’s buzzing with synthesizers though it’s anything but electronica and it has a gentle, acoustic sway at times despite being nothing like folk.
80
The Independent
Despite not understanding a word of what she’s singing about, it’s entirely entrancing, in a manner simultaneously strange and familiar.
80
AllMusic

Halo, Molina's first release since 2013's Wed 21, feels like a logical snapshot of her ongoing journey, presenting 12 new tracks that are as eccentric as they are inviting.

80
The Guardian
The daughter of a tango musician, Molina may sing in a trance-like whisper, but she understands the importance of rhythm; many of the songs are underpinned by a sturdy bass line, over which she adds guitar, bass or keyboards, playing all the instruments herself on several tracks.
80
Pitchfork

Halo is Molina’s seventh and strongest LP. She wields a sonic palette refined by two decades of experimentation to create a narrative defined not by words, but by mood.

80
PopMatters

She is in full control of Halo, and it’s clear from start to finish.

80
No Ripcord

Halo is just as effective when taken purely as an aural experience; just like the symbolic spirit she invokes, her challenging and throbbing entanglements are impossible to turn away from.

80
Uncut

Juana Molina doesn’t make records very often, but the speed of her evolution means that Halo – haunting, bassy and electronic – is light years away from, say, the fragile, trebly and acoustic Son.

May 27, 2017
DiegoPaim01
75
Bem silencioso, atmosférico, mas enérgico ao mesmo tempo, este disco foi uma surpresa pra mim pela excentricidade destas composições. Excentricidade essa que não chega a ser um experimentalismo muito avançado, são melodias razoavelmente simples arranjadas com levadas eletrônicas, detalhes sintetizados aqui e ali e guitarras/cordas/baixos aparecendo muito bem dando destaque para algumas músicas. Tudo é bem silencioso, a ... read more
Jun 29, 2017
daFigz
83
Quoting AllMusic’s Timothy Monger, “Training an audience to expect the unexpected is a tough trick, but after two decades, Molina’s reputation as a bold sonic explorer is well established.” For me, this says a lot about Molina’s art. That I can appropriate her music in the US without any hassle opens my experience to a new level. Innerwebs being what it is… Profoundly expansive. And a global catalog of sorts. [I’m reminded of my small kid days thumbing ... read more
May 29, 2017
Mr_Jaiva
85
Ghostly sound perfectly achieved. Juana Molina continues to demonstrate the power of her creativity.
Oct 18, 2017
Atlas
85
A haunting listen, as this moody, yet very-free-sounding record may be able to transport just anyone into a different dimension.
It does get a bit repetitive after 'A00 B01', but the fantastic production makes up for any minor default this might have.
'Cosoco' is amazing.
Sep 26, 2017
plowo
78
Favs: Paraguaya, Sin dones, Cosoco and A00 B01.
END OF YEAR LISTS
#10/Drowned in Sound
#17/Uncut
#23/Bandcamp Daily
#26/The Wire
/AllMusic
Track List
  1. Paraguaya
  2. Sin dones
  3. Lentísimo halo
  4. In the lassa
  5. Cosoco
  6. Cálculos y oráculos
  7. Los pies helados
  8. A00 B01
  9. Cara de espejo
  10. Andó
  11. Estalacticas
  12. Al oeste


Added on: February 25, 2017