Agnes Obel - Myopia
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #99 / 183
User Score
Based on 150 ratings
2020 Ratings: #88
February 21, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Blue Note / Label
Chamber Pop, Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Independent

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

80
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.

71
Pitchfork

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.

70
musicOMH

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.

70
AllMusic

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.

70
No Ripcord

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

WildChameleon
70
This is a beautiful album but she is recycling her previous work rather than build around like she did with citizen of glass
Doofy
72
More of what she does well but I'm thinking this is one of her weaker efforts.

Two of my favourite tracks are the instrumental interludes which says a bit about how I feel about the rest - the full length songs are sometimes indistinct, sometimes over familiar, sometimes a bit Enya mushy.
Doublez
77
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
max2k
80
Myopia is Agnes Obel's slowest paced album. Many songs hover and enrapture rather than light up and pop. Yet I recommend sticking by for its 40 minute length. Myopia is one of the most rewarding listens I've had from new music in a long time. While it takes a noticeable dip in quality during its back leg, the album also contains glimmers of extraordinary beauty. I'm happy to say her first collaboration with famed German record label Deutsche Grammophon produced a set of her finest instrumentals ... read more
MasterCrackfox
73
It's really a shame that Agnes Obel has released four albums within the last ten years and somehow this is the first time I have fallen upon her music. Myopia has a tone that matches the kind of music that I would enjoy, with both ethereal sound quality, atmospheric textures and a looming and gorgeous voice. Many have tried pursued this style of sound and many have done so successfully; Obel is no exception to that rule.

Where this album lacks in a new sound it greatly delivers in being able ... read more
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Added on: October 29, 2019