Nicolas Jaar - Cenizas
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #54 / 809
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Based on 702 ratings
2020 Ratings: #172
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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.

The Line of Best Fit

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


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.

The Needle Drop

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


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.

Q Magazine

Cenzias creates the precious illusion of space and motion.

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.

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
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.
Edit 3: After half a year of this being out, it has SLIGHTLY fallen out of my top 10's.

All 13 tracks reviewed/ poorly described:
Vanish (86) is an ethereal opener informing the listener of the darkness to ... read more
You know an ambient album is good when even *I* like it. Give this thing a spin please.
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
The ambient soundscapes on here are strong and often detailed but this album is not cohesive enough to justify captivation. This sounds like it would fit great in some sort of contemporary art museum exhibition, I guess...
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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