Stranger Fruit

Zeal and Ardor - Stranger Fruit
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #102 / 735
User Score
Based on 197 ratings
2018 Ratings: #90
June 8, 2018 / Release Date
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Radicalis / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

On the thrilling Stranger Fruit, elements of gospel and the blues coil like twisted roots around the album’s tallest pillars of fury, resulting in anthems at once heavier and more soulful than the “Satanic spirituals” on last year’s Devil Is Fine.

80
The Needle Drop

Zeal & Ardor's unique blend of black metal and slave spirituals comes together in an exciting and blasphemous display on Stranger Fruit.

73
Pitchfork

Stranger Fruit is Gangneux’s fitful attempt to prove that Devil Is Fine wasn’t a fluke, to show that an absurd union may have actual vitality. And it mostly does.

70
Exclaim!
The mix is so unique that it, plus the running time, might drive casual listeners away. But if you're that sort of person who likes Mayhem and Mavis Staples, this is for you.
zachthesnack
95
I honestly could care less that I am rating this higher than anyone else because this was without a doubt the most badass and original record I have heard all year!

There is so much to love about what Zeal & Ardor did here. They masterfully blended Blues Rock, Black Metal and Ambient Organ-Based Gospel together and made this absolutely monolithic and fun album.

Strange Fruit has so much going on but everything feels like its in its right place. It is heavy and menacing at times, and other ... read more
RakkSmells
85
[Genre: Avant-Garde Metal]

You know, with the Ulver album, the last thing I expected was a combination of folk and black metal. Now it's black metal and BLUES rock? Well, weird combination. Surprisingly enough it works! While the vocals might sound a bit cheesy at first I genuinely thought this was a great combination of the two genres, especially since this thing GOES OFF. Most of the songs on here are heavy and adventurous, and the hooks are extremely memorable and catchy. I felt some of the ... read more
BradTasteMusic
81
Only gave it 2 listens so this is like... me spitballing. I think this album front to back is unreal. The dance of Southern Rock, Black Metal, and the blend of tasteful electronics makes Stranger Fruit feels like a wonderful and complete collection of well executed rock cuts. I would definitely recommend
thomasny18
80
I might be alone on this, but I hear a lot of Algiers in this album.

I was hoping for a more consistent project, as not every track really lands, but there's still plenty of high points that will make me comfortable in giving this the 80+ great album status.
luna128
89
[Review incoming]
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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Gravedigger's Chant
  3. Servants
  4. Don't You Dare
  5. Fire of Motion
  6. The Hermit
  7. Row Row
  8. Ship on Fire
  9. Waste
  10. You Ain't Coming Back
  11. The Fool
  12. We Can't Be Found
  13. Stranger Fruit
  14. Solve
  15. Coagula
  16. Built on Ashes
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