Julia Holter - Loud City Song

Julia Holter - Loud City Song
CRITIC SCORE
85
Based on 23 reviews
2013 Rank: #15 / 837
USER SCORE
83
Based on
180 ratings

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90
Tiny Mix Tapes

Like any modernist piece of work, Loud City Song consciously walks through paths that have been beaten before, but unravels threads out into new corners and ushers you in; records of this complexity and depth rarely feel so inviting.

90
musicOMH

It’s certainly Holter’s most accomplished and imaginative album

90
PopMatters

It’s an impressive record to listen to—the compositions are even more beautiful than Ekstasis, even though they’re often more fragmented—but it’s also a frightening depiction of what it feels like to have a whole population making you up in its head.

90
AllMusic

Loud City Song is Holter's most polished work to date, and another example of how she upholds and redefines what it means to be an avant-garde singer/songwriter.

90
NME

Excitingly, ‘Loud City Song’ has an immediate pop whirl that should make Holter’s genius apparent to all, without sacrificing the California Institute Of The Arts graduate’s knack for intricacy.

90
The 405

Whilst it remains unpredictable throughout, Loud City Song is never anything less than completely thrilling.

90
FACT Magazine

Don’t let the singular beauty of Loud City Song fool you. Holter may write stunning pop-tinged songs, but she’s an experimental artist through and through.

90
The Fly

With ‘Loud City Song’, Julia Holter marks the scene’s zenith, continuing her journey from obscurity, through marginality and onwards into accessibility. 

90
Sputnikmusic

The power of Loud City Song, then, lies not in the concepts upon which it deliberates, nor even the means through which it deliberates upon them, but rather how it translates these heady notions of the individual vs. the social, the Idea of the city, etc. into warm and loving compositions that first and foremost feel real. 

86
Pitchfork

Loud City Song is one of those records so full of un-jaded wonder and attuned to the secret music of ordinary things that the world looks a little bit different while it's playing. 

85
The Line of Best Fit

It’s the explorations of sound and bold yet gentle orchestrations that makes Loud City Song a perfect example of Holter honing in on her talents by evoking mystery but retaining enough openness to keep her sound in constant flux.

80
Drowned in Sound

It’s a jaw-dropping accomplishment, one of those records that’s almost pointless to listen to as a series of individual songs – tracks are mini symphonies in themselves, and to break Loud City Song down into tracks would be missing the point.

80
Spin

If Holter's stated themes sound like bullet points on a Media Studies 101 syllabus, fear not: There's nothing prosaic about this entrancing, chamber-pop masterpiece.

80
Consequence of Sound

Loud City Song is a sightseeing trip with a person fully able to portray the objective beauty of the sights, as well as her own take on them.

80
Under The Radar

This is music that takes a while to comprehend, designed for longevity over quick appeal. For those of you wistful for this approach, look no further.

80
DIY

This is a clever, sophisticated album that still oozes warmth and affection. Superficiality and loneliness have never sounded so tender and dazzling.

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User Reviews
SiberianBreaks
94
Julia Holter drops the most diverse and transcendental (hehe) pop album of the year. The ambient soundscapes and her intimate voice just completely win me over. This album really reminds of that Caretaker album from 2011. It just has this mysterious, old-timey atmosphere to it and I can't get enough of it.

Favourite tracks: Maxim's I, Hello Stranger, This Is a True Heart
JustAReflektor
100
Beautiful and avant-garde in all the right places. What a voice.
JustinSlick
88
She is so damn cool... It takes real talent to make something so simultaneously experimental and accessible as Loud City Song... one of the best albums of the year without question.
deafgrape
89
you can listen to this album regardless of mood, state of sobriety, season, age... and will invariably leave a lasting impression. one of the select albums of the year, if not the very best
100
It feels absolutely enlightened. At times extremely minimal, at others grandiose, always compelling. Album of the year.
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DETAILS

August 19, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 46 - Bleep
# 12 - Cokemachineglow
# 12 - Consequence of Sound
# 39 - Drowned in Sound
# 68 - eMusic
# 43 - FasterLouder
# 47 - MOJO
# 34 - musicOMH
# 14 - No Ripcord
# 11 - Obscure Sound
# 49 - Pitchfork
# 42 - PopMatters
# 51 - Rough Trade
# 1 - Sputnikmusic
# 36 - Stereogum
# 18 - The 405
# 30 - The Guardian
# 2 - The Line of Best Fit
# 1 - The Wire
# 3 - Tiny Mix Tapes
# 15 - Uncut
# 113 - Under the Radar
MISC LISTS
# 41 - Pitchfork Readers
Track List
  1. World 
  2. Maxim's I
  3. Horns Surrounding Me  
  4. In The Green Wild  
  5. Hello Stranger
  6. Maxim's II 
  7. He's Running Through My Eyes
  8. This Is a True Heart  
  9. City Appearing  
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