Marissa Nadler - July
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2014 Ratings: #113 / 845
User Score
Based on 134 ratings
2014 Ratings: #107
February 4, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sacred Bones / Bella Union / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

Nadler ushers us by the wrist to survey her scorched Earth; splaying her demons out before us like never before, she decimates the narrative wall between her and us.

80
Exclaim!

With Steve Moore's synths, Phil Wandscher's guitar and the strings of Eyvind Kang at their disposal, Dunn and Nadler create a sound that's unhurried but lush and evocative, revolving around Nadler's brilliant acoustic guitar picking and mezzo-soprano voice, which gives wings to her soul-baring lyrics.

80
AllMusic

Because of the material's quality and the inspired collaboration between songwriter, performers, and producer, July unfolds as a near-perfect song cycle.

80
The 405

July is infectious. It translates well to many ears - no matter what your aural-poison is, chances are you'll find solace in Nadler's musings. You'll keep hovering over the repeat button, ready to click in an instant.

80
Drowned in Sound

July is a grown up album – but it’s not a cleaned up one: Marissa Nadler may flirt with the sun now, but still articulates the dark like no one else.

80
musicOMH

Nadler lures you in like a mermaid with her soothing harmonies, enfolding you in an aural balm, pulling you in gently to bask in the bleakly beautiful. 

50
Tiny Mix Tapes

In the end, it’s the vague, shapeless, and undefined nature of the fancies her protagonists chase that partly undermines the album’s substance

100
Best album I have heard in a very long time.
holsgr
75
☆☆☆½ ~ An inspiringly remarkable album. I feel intensely engaged with this consistent and deeply satisfying music in a wholly compelling unique way.
WildChameleon
80
July is a great effort full of beautiful arrangements, vocals and lyrics.
CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
MarkCooper
67
I'm all for stark instrumentation and melancholy folk singing by an adorable lady voice. But it only works when the lyrics are really engaging, which these are to some extent, but a little sleepy at times. If I want to listen to modern music like this, I can think of other artists that do the job a little better in my opinion (see Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten). Still, it's a good album and I can see the appeal.
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Track List

  1. Drive
  2. 1923
  3. Firecrackers
  4. We Are Coming Back
  5. Dead City Emily
  6. Was It a Dream
  7. I've Got Your Name
  8. Desire
  9. Anyone Else
  10. Holiday In
  11. Nothing in My Heart
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