Adia Victoria - Silences
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2019 Ratings: #93 / 757
User Score
Based on 101 ratings
2019 Ratings: #430
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February 22, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Atlantic / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters
This is an album greater than the sum of its genre-related parts, a masterpiece of musical control and an outstanding next step for Adia Victoria as storyteller and singer alike.
80
Loud and Quiet
Taking its name from a Tillie Olsen novel, the album is a rousingly defiant exploration of oppression and identity. Within this, Victoria depicts an intricate narrative of a protagonist journeying through hell and back to find herself, woven together with a quintessentially Southern gothic-blues sound.
80
AllMusic

Combative, defiant, and teeming with Victoria's distinctive mix of streetwise poeticism and literary depth, Silences is a strong and inventive follow-up.

80
DIY
In short, ‘Silences’ is the sound of an artist grown tremendously in confidence and hitting her stride; “I like to do things my way or I don’t do them at all’, she sings on ‘Heathers’. And her way seems to be working damn well too.
80
The Guardian

Her musical settings have evolved since her early singles and debut album, Beyond the Bloodhounds. Silences adds horns, woodwind and electronics to a guitar-band set-up, and Victoria and co-producer Aaron Dessner twist it all appealingly.

77
Pitchfork

Even if the second album from this Nashville singer doesn’t sound like the blues, she embodies the spirit, squaring up to her demons without fear.

80
Reminds me of Anais Mitchell a bit
sophiaabbey
78
Some real witches dancing in the forest music, eating blackberries, discussing our ex-lovers. The mood is on here, and the witches are logged off.
Guigss
90
This is a stunning blues rock album that dignifies the genre.
Tsareena
72
Love the mood and mix of genres on this. Very interesting and consistent songwriting as well
Faves: Bring Her Back, The City, Get Lonely
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
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Track List

  1. Clean
  2. Bring Her Back
  3. Pacolet Road
  4. The City
  5. Different Kind of Love
  6. Devil Is a Lie
  7. The Needle's Eye
  8. Cry Wolf
  9. Heathen
  10. Nice Folks
  11. Dope Queen Blues
  12. Get Lonely
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Added on: November 10, 2018