Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2019 Ratings: #11 / 583
User Score
2019 Ratings: #2
April 5, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Independent

The artist ... accompanies her instrumental idiosyncrasies with strong, luscious melodies and unfussy lyrics.

100
Spill Magazine
Mering nods toward the darkness, but her music envelops listeners within a free-floating sanctuary. It’s okay to feel. It’s okay to be afraid or angry – but none of that matters, not right now. Not, at least, for the next 42 minutes.
95
The Line of Best Fit

Like all the best musicians and songwriters before her, she’s plumbed the depths of her imagination and brought forth a masterpiece from the depths.

91
Paste

Titanic Rising ... finds Mering edging her peculiar psych-folk closer than ever to the sound of traditional pop music. For someone with a documented predilection for idiosyncrasy and experimentation, she sounds completely at ease in these new songs, and ready for bigger things ahead.

91
A.V. Club

Rado’s opulent production gives the experience of listening to Titanic Rising—particularly on headphones—the feeling of being enveloped in sound, insulated from the outside world like an astronaut looking down at the earth through layers of atmosphere.

90
AllMusic

Fantastic songs, meticulously detailed production and a certain, hard to name spark of connection all gel into the near-perfect statement that every part of Mering's strange journey before this led up to.

90
No Ripcord

Despite Mering's sonic flights of fancy, Titanic Rising is a lean, 40-minute recording that carefully considers her performative sentiments with fine craftsmanship. No emotions go astray—every full-hearted melody here stirs a passion in both subject matter and skill.

90
The Needle Drop

Weyes Blood comes through with an immaculately produced and performed baroque pop album in Titanic Rising.

90
Uncut

Titanic Rising ... is something else; tightly structured, lavishly orchestrated, brilliantly realised.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

In committing to the sounds of the past so utterly, she fucks up the linearity and distance of time, proving that feelings of helplessness and heartbreak are as timeless as pop music.

89
Northern Transmissions

Solo act Weyes Blood brings grandeur to a lonely stage production, ethereal at times while shockingly concrete at others, thanks to its intoxicating blend of cosmology and cinema.

85
Under The Radar

On Weyes Blood's radiant and beautifully anachronistic fourth studio album, Titanic Rising, Natalie Mering achieves a perfectly balanced synthesis between the old and familiar and the new and unexplored.

85
Pitchfork

Natalie Mering’s fourth album is a grand, sentimental ode to living and loving in the shadow of doom. It is her most ambitious and complex work yet.

85
Spectrum Culture

Mering’s soaring vocals and diaristic lyrics anchor the music in the here-and-now while preserving for itself a timeless quality that makes Titanic Rising one of the best albums of 2019 so far.

85
The 405

Given its extensive breadth of stylistic differentiation and enormous crop of influences, Titanic Rising’s most obvious skill lies in just how easily it all fits together.

80
God Is in the TV

She is the spokesperson for generation Y. Which in a way cleverly juxtaposes with her o nostalgic 70’s production style of folk and art rock.

80
Exclaim!

Titanic Rising may draw inspiration from the past, but it's ultimately a clear-eyed look at love, catastrophe and hope that's perfect for the present moment.

80
Clash

‘Titanic Rising’ harnesses convention and refashions it into something singular. At once a document of this “wild time to be alive” and an escape from it, it’s often remarkably good.

80
NME

‘Titanic Rising’ harnesses convention and refashions it into something singular. At once a document of this “wild time to be alive” and an escape from it, it’s often remarkably good.

80
Rolling Stone

It’s a strangely addictive mix, comfort-food nostalgia that telegraphs knowingness without sarcasm, parody or airquotes.

80
The Observer

Ultimately, it is Titanic Rising’s fusion of ancient and contemporary, 70s singer-songwriter tropes and electronic burbles, that convinces; the beauty Weyes Blood offers has its eyes wide open.

80
DIY

Much like the power of the big screen, ‘Titanic Rising’ presents an immensely elegant journey to a different place and time; in equal parts beautifully delicate and powerful.

80
NOW Magazine

Titanic Rising is a leap forward for the self-described “nostalgic futurist,” yet Mering’s core musical gifts remain intact.

80
PopMatters

The most powerful tool at Mering's disposal is her voice, a rich, clear bell of a voice that pierces through the album's pianos and lethargic strings.

70
Crack Magazine

Titanic Rising sounds cathartic and triumphant.

60
Loud and Quiet

On ‘Titanic Rising’, her fourth release under the Weyes Blood moniker, the LA-based musician has drifted further away from the psych-folk and ’70s Laurel Canyon of her early years and towards soft rock.

ThrowBackG
100
I've been pretty disgruntled the past couple of days. I was given an opportunity with this album journalists and critics dream of. I got to see Weyes Blood live on her first ever show for her new album. (Strummers in Fresno, CA. 4/1/19) It was a bar show too so the intamacy in the room was on fire. I got to go home with an early vinyl copy of Titanic Rising and I've listened to it several times since then. Every listen I've been left speechless, but that's my issue...what can I say?

I want to ... read more
musicmagpie55
96
There is an episode of the Twilight Zone called Midnight Sun, where the earth has been knocked out of orbit and starts drifting towards the sun. Human society begins to deteriorate as the world starts to boil. The episode focuses on two women who are solely existing as their world melts. What is so disturbing about the episode is the inevitable calamity, that we have no power in the face of destruction. We are amid a similar catastrophe. While not hurtling towards the sun, our planet is getting ... read more
PipePanic
87
Warning: This review is arrogant as fuck.

Today, I tried to listen to new music. I told myself "you've got to listen to something, anything". As soon as I pressed play on anything I was mildly interested in, a wave of anxiety and pressure was placed on my shoulders. I felt genuinely scared that if I were to listen to something, then I had to get a review out and I do something spectacular. And if I didn't, I was letting down myself and the people who read this. It's put me off ... read more
exception
67
Just not something I can see myself going back to.
Toasterqueen12
100
I find it so strange that this website, album of the year.org, has all come together for this. On this site there is a clear hierarchy of some sort. It's always the same profile pics in the top reviews and it's always a fight of sorts. A fight on if a an album is good, with ratings ranging across the map. I only ever see agreements of 90's and up on "classic albums" our neutral milk hotels, swans, etc. Seeing those pfp and a sea of randoms giving this thing a 100 made me realize ... read more
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Track List

  1. A Lot's Gonna Change
  2. Andromeda
  3. Everyday
  4. Something to Believe
  5. Titanic Rising
  6. Movies
  7. Mirror Forever
  8. Wild Time
  9. Picture Me Better
  10. Nearer to Thee
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