- Party

Aldous Harding - Party
CRITIC SCORE
80
Based on 8 reviews
2017 Rank: #52 / 289
USER SCORE
77
Based on
34 ratings

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90
musicOMH

Shifting moods and voices effortlessly, Harding is an often technically astonishing performer, and Party is a work of quiet power. An inviting, captivating darkness.

83
GIGsoup

In a busy genre, Aldous Harding is a unique figure with a clear, singular musical vision and identity. Dark, unpredictable and compelling, ‘Party’ is an album that demands attention and any time given over to it is well invested.

80
Loud and Quiet

The different voices and inversions mean that, even though she operates within the broad confines of gothic folk, she has an air of unpredictability. This suggests that the listener is party to a talent at the very start of her creative life.

80
DIY

For the most part ... this is a party for one, best enjoyed curled up with few distractions in the twilight hours. Sit, contemplate, and be absorbed into Aldous Harding’s spellbinding realm.

80
The Guardian

It’s an album that creates a very particular headspace of desire, paranoia and possibility.

80
The 405

On Party her songs are minimalistic, but they carry an emotional weight to which no one is able to stay indifferent.

75
A.V. Club

Harding’s command of her craft is evident and worth witnessing on Party—and worth keeping an eye on in the future.

70
AllMusic

Party finds the sweet spot between raw and refined, and in doing so, feels very real.

BuffaloStaple
58
Instrumentally this album is lovely and the stories she's telling on here are pretty captivating too, but I just don't really like her voice very much. Vocally it was a pretty flat record to me, she switches up her vocal tone and voice quite a lot on this album and whilst some have viewed that as a clever way of changing the atmosphere/tone of the song, to me it comes off as goofy and does nothing but break the momentum of these songs. Also some of these instrumentals were really drab and ... read more
JohnLouisHoward
100
original yet timeless. an instant classic. deep folk in the tradition of Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, and Anne Briggs. for me, best album of the year. (also, the remarks by media critics reveal a profound ignorance of the history and nuances of folk music and its contemporary variations. as someone might say: sad, very sad. this record proves to be beyond their ability to comprehend, either emotionally or musically.)
EMR
67
Horizon is one of the most beautiful songs of the year.
aaron
80
80 - Wow, I highly recommend this,

Will only write something when I've listened to this more, but fuck, please listen to this album.
DiegoPaim01
62
Um pouco entediante...as harmonias não são lá tão bem construídas, sua voz não chama tanto a atenção e tampouco suas letras são lá tão envolventes. Ainda que, todos juntos formam composições com uma razoável personalidade e identidade própria, e este disco tenha alguns momentos de impacto - como nas duas primeiras faixas e na faixa 7, em que os arranjos, a letra e a performance vocal dela ... read more
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Added on: March 31, 2017