The Magic Place

Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2011 Ratings: #55 / 924
User Score
Based on 81 ratings
2011 Ratings: #51
February 22, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Asthmatic Kitty / Label
Ambient Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

It's a curiously welcoming album, one with no pretence, which demands little more than your opened ears.

87
Beats Per Minute

The results ... are each superior in both melody/harmony and songwriting to anything Barwick has released before.

85
Pitchfork

So while there are few identifiable words here and the titles don't really register, there's a hell of a lot being expressed.

80
Drowned in Sound

Gorgeous harmonies echo into infinity, rubbing up against only each other, brief touches of instrumentation and occasional rumblings of static.

80
No Ripcord

The Magic Place is a graceful endeavor in harmonizing traditional choral techniques with more explorative abstractions.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Barwick’s meticulously arranged but transcendent music has never been more sophisticated or immersive than on her new LP, The Magic Place.

blvckgovt
85
Lovely music. Filled with atmosphere, Julianna Barwick uses her vocie as the main instrument for these drony ambient pieces. This album helped me get a good night's rest. It is the lighter side of Grouper, so I think that is why I love this alot. A peaceful, calming experience. Dreamlike. Heavnly. This is the music that plays when you walk into the Garden of Eden. Just as the title implies, Julianna successfully took me to the magic place. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to get into ... read more
holsgr
79
( ☆☆☆☆ ) — remarkably talented
Tom Simmons
71
Fav Tracks: Keep Up The Good Work, The Magic Place, Cloak
HazeyJane
72
It kinda creeps me, feels like I'm somewhere lost in a gloomy and malefic church...
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