Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
Titanic Rising
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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
95
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
fakeplasticrose
95
Oh
my
fucking
god

This is absolutely insane. I've heard artists attempt this formula hundreds of times, some more successfully than others, but this rendition takes the cake. It isn't the most revolutionary thing ever, but it is quite literally one of the most transcendent experiences I've ever had.
smallpeeble
90
if karen carpenter had a daughter.

but seriously tho, why her voice reminds me of karen carpenter??

[edit] me comparing to one of the goat of music industry means i highly respect this artist. 💯💯 this is the greatest LP comeback Weyes Blood had.

faves:
1. a lot's gonna change
2. andromeda
3. something to believe
4. movies
5. picture me better
Ava_Rose
80
Calling this an elegant experience would be a severe understatement.

Titanic Rising is a triumph when it comes to creating lush and ethereal soundscapes. A lot of tracks play with very delicate instrumentation, while being covered by this warm blanket that is the very colorful and bright production, which might be the strongest aspect of this record. With every layer you dig through, you begin to realize more and more, this was a very well thought-out piece of work.

Highly recommended.
dearsongs
90
*****

12 days in and this is still all I can listen to, my favorite album from an artist I already loved. This album reminds me of lots of different music, all of which is amount my most favorite stuff.

*****

In a way this reminds me of Beach House's Teen Dream (which also happens to be my highest rated album this decade), not so much in sound but in circumstance.

We have an artist coming off an excellent album (Devotion/Front Row Seat to Earth) and following that high quality set of songs ... read more
Space Vacation
90
Love that album cover

Gorgeous.
We're pretty lucky to be getting so many amazing albums lately.
The proverbial floodgates have opened within the last four weeks and instant classics are pouring out.

Titanic Rising is tear inducing.
Natalie has such an empowering monster of a voice. It could drift you off to a beautiful night's sleep under the stars or help you move mountains.
exception
67
Just not something I can see myself going back to.
zachthesnack
86
Ive said it once, I’ll say it again “2019 is the gear for Female Singer-Songwriters” Right from the get go this fact was making itself evident through various releases and now with phenominal releases being added on in March such as Julia Jacklin’s new record, as well as records from the likes of Stella Donnelly, SASAMI and KARYYN, and now this! Like jesus fuck these ladies are killing it right now! It seems like all of my favorite songs this year have been by female ... read more
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
JohnLouisHoward
100
this is the kind of achievement that makes music criticism seem inane and picayune. I have tried to write about this but simply can't do it. this is it: it's great and I love it all. I love her voice. I love her music. I love her. I love this. that's it.
amw100
93
Holy wow this is gorgeous.

Yea no, this is worth the hype and then some. An album so lush and sweet with it's instrumentals, yet heartbreaking at the same time with it's lyrics. Every tone on this album is just perfect for the mood she's trying to set for each and every track, the progressions are some of the best i've ever heard in pop and her build ups and breakdowns are something to behold as Weyes Blood delivers her opus. This album is shockingly consistent, there is not one track that i ... read more
luna128
92
uh-oh!!! masterpiece alert!!
morningsbell
95
MY HEART-
Inglume
45
Okay, looks like I have a very unpopular opinion! Please don't kill me, lol. Anyone who's seen my "Everyday" single review probably aren't too surprised with my rating. But let me make it very clear that I don't think you should miss out on listening to this album, cause this is just my personal opinion. This definitely deserves the acclaim it's getting and there's certainly going to be something fascinating that you'll find while listening to this, but it just didn't click with me. ... read more
Plats
100
This decade has had its fair share of classic records of many genres, but almost none have instantly hit me with the amount of overwhelming emotion as Weyes Blood's "Titanic Rising". It hit me on the first listen fowards... and I even went into tears in a lot of these songs. Natalie Mering has one of the most powerful voices out there and the emotional intensity of her inflection is perfectly conveyed through her lyrics and melodies. The production is equally evocative, like the ... read more
matteo
85
A beautiful album about searching for love and meaning in a changing world. Natalie Mering's voice is so gorgeous and full-bodied you could just float inside it. Her arrangements sound classic but are deceptively complex, with chord progressions and harmonies that take these songs in a subtly psychedelic direction. The lyrical imagery has to do with mirrors, movie screens, pictures - the places where we encounter images of who we want to be and who we really are. Our protagonist wants to stop ... read more
RakkSmells
89
Honestly while I did find a couple tracks to be a bit forgettable this album is truly gorgeous and well-constructed. It was as if I was in space, pondering existence as a whole, and there was aurora borealis in the air. (Yeah, just a little detail I wanted to add. That's probably not even scientifically possible.) The production is nice and grand, her voice is just beautiful, and the lyrics are truly captivating and emotional. A lot of the songs on this album are well fleshed out and detailed, ... read more
sophiaabbey
100
Sounds like if the Kinks and Enya went underwater and collaborated on a Christmas album for whales.
76fex
69
Exceeded expectations on all fronts. The apparent nostalgia does not detract from the artistic statement WeyBlo seeks to make--one that is heavily supported by psych-rock and psych-folk truisms, but one that is also indicative of her future abilities.

This is an album that deserves Best New Artist recognition (although, fuck the Grammys) as a result of her sensibilities, a facet of pop music that is, more often than not, left undiscussed or discussed incorrectly. It's honest, it's a little ... read more
laz456
90
This honestly is so fantastic and there's so many things I love about it. It's got this great old-timey charm to it. The album has an amazing flow with zero weak tracks yet each song is super unique. Her voice is gorgeous and the production is lush and immersive.

I'm so glad the hype for this album is genuinely deserved.
MiaWatterson
90
This kinda took my words away.
I've been listening to Titanic Rising and everytime I do it, it seems like I notice even more stuff that I like. From all of the similarities with other bands I love to good innovations, this album touches me with its beauty and delicacy.
Shout out to the amazing cover art.
Weyes's voice is so pure and soft.
I don't know what else to say...
This is the kind of music I can say that came from the heart.
KIDWITHGUNs
79
Great

I mean... it's good. But not nearly what the user score suggests.
fijacionoral
100
Music is not dead
dlspslb
95
Some really gorgeous and ground-breaking stuff right here
Edit: i gave this an 89, wtf?
TreyLikesBands
93
Amazing

Edit: Just bought tix for the Phoenix show. Yee yee.

Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines beauty as "the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit". Through this weird art form of musical beauty, artists are able to express their inner monologues, demons, and thoughts through whatever means necessary.

Natalie Mering has created one of the most memorable, beautiful, and life-changing ... read more
Doofy
81
Has hints of a female version of John Grant during his 'Queen of Denmark' period - only with more traditional '70s folk singer songwriter touches along the lines of Joni Mitchell.

The closest 2019 has come to a 'vintage sounding classic on arrival'.

What's holding it back from a higher score? 'Titanic Rising' needs a few irrefutable classic songs among the track list and I'm not totally convinced I'm hearing anything that knockout.
nullsethope
98
All I can say is wow. This is stunning, absolutely beautiful. An absolute monster of a contender so far for 2019.

Edit: yeah, no, this is a masterpiece. It’s addicting, engaging, otherworldly, and in so many different ways elegant. Mere words aren’t enough to describe this amazing album. Every track, including the interlude and finisher, sounded so different yet so cohesive. Do yourself a favor and get off this website this instant, relax yourself, and listen to this album with an ... read more
VividAids
90
the singles are perfect

i got the chance to see her in santa cruz before her album came out, shook her hand, the concert was fantastic. my roomate ended up hooking up with the guitarist, he was 38, shes 20.

anyway, beside that, this album is a sonic Jem. Her voice is distinct, its deep, sexy, powerful, and incredibly unique. All the songs have an ethereal tone, especially "A Lot's Gonna Change," "Andromeda," and "Movies." You can't help but get swept up ... read more
MusicSucks
85
Titanic Rising has surely been the most praised album of 2019 (since way before it was released) and I was hyped. I finally got to listen to in yesterday after reading some reviews here.

After three listens, I can say that this album is a very well done pop record. Even if I don't really love this genre or style, I can appreciate the quality of the work that went behind this.

The songs are mostly carried by structures that are very fresh for pop, the instrumentals are very good, and I really ... read more
KingKRoolisBack
90
Wow, is this album Gorgeous! Every track on this album is really beautiful. This album is the Hounds of Love of this generation and probably go down in history as a classic. I do have some issues with the album, the ending is a bit anti-climactic and I wish for something more powerful, and there are 1 or 2 two tracks I really didn't care for, but man, is the highs are more powerful than the lows

Best Tracks: Movies, Andromeda, Something to Believe, Everyday

Worst Track: Mirror Forever
rydenoir
80
"Titanic Rising" is a beautifully composed and performed art pop album, that plays like a moving painting and the more you immerse yourself the stronger you start appreciating all the layers and textures to this ethereal and emotional journey.

~
Natalie Mering a.k.a Weyes Blood came through with one of the most compelling art pop albums I've heard in recent memory. One of the biggest things that I've noticed, is just how much I kept returning to this album since the official release ... read more
WildChameleon
88
Weyes blood demolishes a lot of 2019's albums. This album is very rich, beautiful and is suprisingly easy to listen. The more you listen, the more it's possible to fall in love with titanic rising.

This album is the definition of cohesion : you see the cover, you read the titles, you understand what you'll listen and weyes blood doesn't change songwriting trajectory. This aspect is very important because some bands/artists try to reach these levels but fail to be constant.

With the ... read more
NarrativeCoffee
83
One of my most anticipated albums for this year, and I just can say this work is marvelous. Since I heard the singles I was having high hopes on this piece and it wasn't underwhelming.
It's like listening to a therapy, every atmosphere is quite beautiful. Her vocal delivery impressing, and the lyricism, I just can't wait to have this on spotify.

EDIT: I love how she manages her voice to match with the songs so well, in Mirror Forever, seems like a reflection of the instrumentals in the song. ... read more
PreeMo
76
TBG's review of the album and his concert experience >>> the actual album...

...I was on the train until the album showed less shining parts after the first track...except Movies and Wild Time, there isn't really something which sticks out to me...

There's nothing bad or mediocre on the album tho; still solid...just by far not as good as most people claim it to be...
Tallglassofwate
90
Recently, I've been listening mostly to spacious music that won't disturb me as I grade and write lesson plans but will still engage my mind. However, when I discovered Weyes Blood's music through her feature on Perfume Genius' stellar 'No Shape' I knew I would have to pay attention to what she was doing and when I heard about this album, I knew I'd have to give it a listen. And Weyes Blood certainly does not disappoint.

In fact, Weyes Blood comes forth with what will probably be the best pop ... read more
Strangelightsyd
90
Prediction: Movies is going to be the best song of the year.
thebibleparttwo
90
well this is just beautiful, ain’t it?

og score: 86

edit: i havent had the desire to go back to this since the second it ended

score: 73

final edit: feels good to dream, dosen’t it?
Benny
91
I feel like im teleported to another galaxy
Andromeda to be exact.

Album of the fucking year contender
Supertartory
NR
Am I allowed to give this 100 after only hearing the 3 singles
ricardomcr
86
I think my heart just grew 3 sizes bigger, even if momentarily.
Not many ways to put it, it's beautiful music. Delicate and powerful arrangements with real artistic value, pulling from classic instrumentation, folk, synth...pulling from a lot of places. The sonic landscape kind of reminds me of that on "I Love You Honeybear" by FJM.
Interesting and introspective songwritting, about coming to grips with an ever-changing reality around you and learning to love in turbulent ... read more
itsyahboinoah
85
People were heavily sleeping on her last album, but i am so glad now that new listeners are now discovering this artist. That aside, her sophomore album is just as detailed and expansive than her last. The soundscape on here is rich with the piano and strings intertwining nicely with the psychedelic folk being ever more present. Weyes blood is the star of this album, her vocals is just as enchanting as her vulnerable diary-like lyrics that soar across this album. It still hard for me to decide ... read more
KnifeTrick
82
Only real ones remember when this was at a 90 median score.

Oh my. There are just no words to describe this.
While ingenious lyrics didn't click to me as much, just the atmosphere, instrumentals, and pure consistency just drift me off to someplace so surreal that I wish that it would never end.
This is a REALLY big homage to the nostalgic tunes back in the day and with Weyes Blood's interpretation and personal take on it, it's not just some re-issue of the sound and more rather it's a sound ... read more
holsgr
80
☆☆☆☆ ~ Solid and achingly ambitious record. The emblematic, cohesive and enriching experimentation of this delightful music captivating me a lot.
PatrickL0419
84
If you're looking at this album with a skeptical eye because you feel like it's an inflated hype bubble, you're not... entirely wrong.

But don't let that distract you from the fact that there is some BEAUTIFUL music here. Like Loveless (one of my favourite albums of all time!!!) I think this is one of those records whose album cover is so synergistically blended with the music contained within you can't help but stare at it for hours on end as you put the record back on repeat. It's gentle, ... read more
MasterCrackfox
85
Hey, thanks NPR for getting this out early. I didn't know I needed it.

Some albums beg more than one listen to fully experience, and as I continue through my second time on the album I realize I could do this all day without getting tired of the release. That alone says a lot to me about the replay value of this record.

This is just another example of how dominant the female singer/songwriter is today. There are so many powerful acts in the world of music today and Weyes Blood just made a ... read more
amygoodall
63
good
MinatoArisato
75
The melodies are gorgeous on here damn. This is a beautiful album that feels like finding comfort in despair.

Best Track: A Lot's Gonna Change
Worst Track: Titanic Rising
thomasny18
95
Now I've had opinions on albums that were different to what most people thought. Like, me giving Hyperion a 90, or only giving the new Little Simz album a 70 (which is still a good score), but just like most people, I have to admit that this is a masterpiece.

I think then with this review, I'm not here to say anything special, but instead I'm just giving this album the admiration it thoroughly deserves because this is so beautifully astonishing. I was even going to give this a perfect score, ... read more
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