Nicolas Jaar - Cenizas
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #28 / 600
User Score
Based on 612 ratings
2020 Ratings: #151
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March 27, 2020 / Release Date
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Ambient, Electronic / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Loud and Quiet

As an album, Cenizas wanders, floats, drifts. Jaar’s work has always been experimental, but this record is without a doubt his most “challenging,” rife with exercises in drone, ambient, and noise, often at the same time.

90
The Line of Best Fit

The resulting music is slow and contemplative, and defined by the kind of sound-play which makes Jaar special.

90
Exclaim!

On Cenizas, Nicolas Jaar unveils a static but emotional masterpiece, an album that doesn't challenge the listener as much as it invites them into his alien, meditative, astonishing world.

80
The Needle Drop

Nicolas Jaar's second album of 2020 is an evocative set of electroacoustic vignettes.

80
Pitchfork

The Chilean American producer’s latest album is his most probing and existential, taking influences from all over his career and placing them into grim atmospheres that slip in and out of reality.

80
Q Magazine

Cenzias creates the precious illusion of space and motion.

78
Beats Per Minute

Though there are no hooks nor beats to catch listeners in his web of brilliance, Cenizas’ sonic allure and complete diversion into sounds rarely explored makes it Jaar’s most compelling project yet.

thejacktackshac
73
Nicolas Jaar fully encapsulates to me, what it means to be a producer; that is not bound by limitations but exercises his creativity in his music without restraint as he blurs the lines between electronics and live-instruments. Mr. Jaar is continually intriguing, through his various monikers and aliases, There is an underlying theme in his music, whether it be in his solo releases or his A.A.L. projects that exude so much intentionality and character, even though half the time he isn't using ... read more
WhatTheFunk
67
Spiritual lockdown.

Impenetrable phoenix of electronic elegance, Nicolás Jaar is reborn from his ashes through a bewitching album, an exploration without limits, revealing an ever deeper and dreamlike universe. While the quarantine forces us to remain alone to reflect, to question ourselves, Jaar offers us a dark soundscape more introspective than ever.

This is only a farewell. Many have danced to his hit "Mi Mujer" or vibrated to his Boiler Room, but Nicolás Jaar's ... read more
CLJesse
78
You know an ambient album is good when even *I* like it. Give this thing a spin please.
MusicN
92
I'm not sure if this will hold up to multiple listens like something more immediate might, but writing this review now (a couple've days after I've first heard it) I love this a lot.
Edit 1: It's now a week after first hearing this and I love it even more.
Edit 2: This is a wonderful album.

All 13 tracks reviewed/ poorly described:
Vanish (86) is an ethereal opener informing the listener of the darkness to come. The line “say you’re coming back” is repeated multiple times ... read more
Plats
79
Literally releasing two records in the first fourth of 2020, chill, Nicolas Jaar returns to his main work for his newest project. "Cenizas" is, yet again, a beautifully and distinctively-textured album from him, and also one of his most sonically varied project to date. The tightly-constructed synths blend together with the live instrumentation as well as ever here. But if there's one thing this lacks compared to his other works, it's cohesion.

Fav Tracks: Mud, Cenizas, Vanish, Faith ... read more
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Track List

  1. Vanish
  2. Menysid
  3. Cenizas
  4. Agosto
  5. Gocce
  6. Mud
  7. Vacíar
  8. Sunder
  9. Hello, Chain
  10. Rubble
  11. Garden
  12. Xerox
  13. Faith Made of Silk
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Added on: March 11, 2020