The Magic Place

Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2011 Ratings: #57 / 998
User Score
Based on 123 ratings
2011 Ratings: #46
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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.

potlah
81
Do you ever get that sense of wonder when observing old architecture alone, when you're just walking around a church just far enough to be away from the city but yet close enough that you could get home before dinner?

To me, this album feels like that eerie yet serene feeling you get when wandering alone in unknown territory; to experience that sense of loneliness and mysticism, yet having that lingering fear cling onto you as your senses go slightly mad from going into random new creepy areas ... read more
freyaraphaella
NR
Feel like I'm dying while listening, but in the best possible way.
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
Barelydead
78
Julianna Barwick managed to create an ethereal atmosphare in her new album, with the use of hazy and mystirious sounds and her angelic voice. The album is influenced by new age music.

Highlights:"Envelop","Cloak","White Flag "
Tom Simmons
71
Fav Tracks: Keep Up The Good Work, The Magic Place, Cloak
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