Nicolas Jaar - Cenizas
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #54 / 821
User Score
Based on 723 ratings
2020 Ratings: #204
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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.

WhatTheFunk
65

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

MusicN
90

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

CLJesse
78

You know an ambient album is good when even *I* like it. Give this thing a spin please.

Raiksheen
75

Never fails

LemonBoy
74

It's all so adventurous, spacy and unpredictable, it feels like I'm listening into the vast expanse of space. Only catching glimpses of like radio signals coming from far away, as if aliens are trying to communicate with me. It's a quite distinct experience, I just find this album to invoke anxiety within me. I don't really know how to feel, and that in itself is making me uneasy. I think that it could've been executed better, as there are better and worse tracks on here.

ItsSarahhhh
85

damn that was very very scary. so much cool details and textures going on here. one of my favorite jaar works for sure

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Track List

1Vanish
3:11
100
2Menysid
3:58
86
3Cenizas
4:39
100
4Agosto
2:47
90
5Gocce
3:56
88
6Mud
7:13
96
7Vacíar
2:17
82
8Sunder
3:05
70
9Hello, Chain
5:26
92
10Rubble
3:01
78
11Garden
5:25
80
12Xerox
3:19
90
13Faith Made of Silk
5:23
88
Total Length: 53 minutes

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Added on: March 11, 2020