Agnes Obel - Myopia
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Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #529 / 861
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Based on 287 ratings
2020 Ratings: #330
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The Independent

This is an album to experience alone, and there’s a comfort to being pulled into ‘Myopia’s’ contemplative, isolating territory.

God Is in the TV

Agnes Obel is one of these rare musicians nowadays that has a unique and sophisticated identity and yet continues to experiment within those myopic boundaries.


The Danish songwriter’s ghostly chamber pop experiments form their own foggy landscape, inviting you into a creeping mist where vocals and piano smear together.


There are many joys to be found within its brittle, opaque sounds but it’s undoubtedly an album that must be lived with for an appropriate length of time for these to fully surface.


It's elegant, regal even, yet so immersed in its icy solitude that the listener is often left looking for cracks in the facade instead of common ground.

No Ripcord

Obel's work has indeed grown denser with time and experience, though not without dismissing the openness in which her music functions.


As she has always known how to do, her new album Myopia is delicious from the first note and the rest until the end. The Danish singer-songwriter has struck again. Even if we are not at the same level as her previous prowess, Myopia is a baroque pop/folk album that as usual really pulls classical music and remains a very good effort.

If the orchestration is very meticulous, it is of an absolute tenderness and radiant purity. You're not really here for the explosions, in the sense of ... read more


This is a beautiful album but she is recycling her previous work rather than build around like she did with citizen of glass


Agnes Obel is an artist of mood.

Her debut "Philharmonics" revels in it’s brooding simplicity, Obel pairs her wistful voice with a single guitar or piano as you wander through neverending, yet familiar halls. The broader chamber instrumentation of "Aventine" burns hot, as you search desperately for its light in heavy stygian black. The manipulated vocals and vitreous violins refracting across crystalline walls disorients you, lost forever as a "Citizen of ... read more


questionable (★★☆☆☆)


I think it would be hard to argue that this album is anything besides beautiful. Everything seems to mesh so well, and this is a perfect example of using your voice as an instrument. However, this album just feels so slow. I mean it's not the worst, these 40 minutes didn't feel like a lifetime, but it still felt longer than 40 minutes. I don't think there's anything wrong with that necessarily, but maybe this album just isn't my speed. Still a good project though, and I can see its inner beauty.


On Agnes’s fourth record Myopia, she continues to experiment in more vocal edits and electronic styles within her ethereal piano led music, but somehow i didn’t connect as much to this one like her first three albums. The album
Is quite dark in nature, which sometimes feels quite heavy whilst listening to it. After going through the whole album it felt almost unfinished, or that there weren’t many standouts. The album is a lovely continuation of her experimental sound, ... read more

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Track List

  1. Camera's Rolling
  2. Broken Sleep
  3. Island of Doom
  4. Roscian
  5. Myopia
  6. Drosera
  7. Can't Be
  8. Parliament of Owls
  9. Promise Keeper
  10. Won't You Call Me

Added on: October 29, 2019