For My Crimes

Marissa Nadler - For My Crimes
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Based on 20 reviews
2018 Ratings: #457 / 831
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Based on 123 ratings
2018 Ratings: #263
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The Line of Best Fit

It is a set of perfectly framed folk songs that create a ghostly echo of a relationship breaking down, not because the love has disappeared, but that outside circumstances have just made it impossible.


Rich in textures and raw emotions, Marissa Nadler's For My Crimes is a lush and rewarding record from an assured, mature songwriter.


It's sophisticated and emotionally arresting, it's among the finest offerings in her catalog.


‘For My Crimes’ is a glorious album that demands to repeat listens to try and work out the hidden meanings of its songs and stories.

No Ripcord
It takes some time to absorb, but once it does the emotion it conveys is stunning.

Her wit is as dry as it as subtle on her eighth album, a collection of songs that are also disconsolate and foreboding.

Consequence of Sound

The latest in a long career of consistently stellar records, For My Crimes is a shining example of how Nadler continues to impress and improve upon each release.


On her moody eighth album, the Boston singer-songwriter examines the icy terrain of marital strife through the lens of her habitual gothic folk.


For My Crimes is another intricate, emotionally complex folk record.

Northern Transmissions

On For My Crimes, Nadler delivers choruses in repetitive hymns that seem to delight in melancholy and hopeless longing. The sky is a slate grey and not much else filters through, making the new release both thematically beautiful and consistent though also lacking in surprise.

Under The Radar

Across For My Crimes, which is Nadler's starkest and most barren album in quite some time, the Boston-based artist relies on little more than her forlorn, echoing mezzo-soprano and dusky, dusty guitar patterns to convey her desolation.

Spectrum Culture

With her eighth album, For My Crimes, Marissa Nadler offers her most succinct and haunting record to date.

Drowned in Sound

This is not the best Marissa Nadler record, but it kind of feels like her most perfect, potentially the resolution of a subtle identity crisis that’s run through her music over the years.

The Needle Drop

For My Crimes goes for a more stripped-back sound than its predecessor, and is just about as captivating.


It may not be the liveliest 35 minutes of the year, yet it’s filled with memorable imagery and some heartbreaking songs.


Simple song structures aren’t to be scoffed at, but trouble lands when things become a little too predictable.

The 405

Even though themes of distance and time are key players in the message Nadler is trying to convey, the personal heart of the album is often swamped by her trademark ethereal production and sometimes abstract lyricism. The imagery feels both impersonal and melodramatic, without offering any reason for empathy.

I saw "dream folk" and I about came undone. This will be a grower for sure but for now it's alright. You kind of have to be in the mood, but really is a nice sound overall!
She may not reach July's level but For my crimes is really interesting.
For My Crimes will be a challenge for casual and new listeners, but the content and themes surrounding this album are very well-presented and impactful emotionally for some. Marissa Nadler on this album is full of grief, but also shows lots of maturity and has some haunting songwriting. A contender for the bottom half of my 50 best albums of 2018.
Now here’s a singer/songwriter from my area! Marissa Nadler produced an emotionally potent record with fairly simple chord progressions but they’re pretty enough to add to the emotional factor. Overall, her soothing voice and heartbreaking stories add up to a pretty decent product.

Fav Tracks: For My Crimes, Blue Vapor, Said Goodbye to that Car, Interlocking, I Can’t Listen to Gene Clark Anymore, Lover Release Me

Least Fav Track: All Out of Catastrophes

Very Good
Using relatively few, simple ingredients — mostly just her voice and guitar — Marissa Nadler conjures up a lovely, enchanting gothic folk atmosphere that makes a perfect backdrop to her detailed, imagery-filled songwriting. “For My Crimes” is the sort of album that could have been released at pretty much any time in the past 60 years or so, as straight-up good songwriting never gets old. This was my starting point with Nadler, and I’m not sure it was the right ... read more
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Track List

  1. For My Crimes
  2. I Can’t Listen to Gene Clark Anymore
  3. Are You Really Going to Move to the South?
  4. Lover Release Me
  5. Blue Vapor
  6. Interlocking
  7. All Out of Catastrophes
  8. Dream Dream Big in the Sky
  9. You’re Only Harmless When You Sleep
  10. Flame Thrower
  11. Said Goodbye to that Car
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Added on: June 26, 2018