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Past Life Martyred Saints

EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2011 Ratings: #44 / 920
Year End Rank: #24
User Score
Based on 114 ratings
2011 Ratings: #115
May 10, 2011 / Release Date
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Redeye / Label
Experimental / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

EMA’s work is simultaneously some of the most interesting I’ve heard in years, and jaggedly alive, the furthest thing from any sort of academic exercise.

85
Pitchfork

Anderson's music has the power to plummet to the depths and drag you right down there with her.

85
Beats Per Minute

Past Life Martyred Saints is an album that captivates, provokes, and pleases.

80
Drowned in Sound

Not easy, but often fascinating, wholly rewarding and genuinely cathartic.

80
Consequence of Sound

The album is a culmination of female vocal power, with Anderson borrowing, recreating, and updating a sound that so many females before her have revolutionized.

blvckgovt
75
Discovered EMA through a show on adult swim called Off the Air. The Grey Ship was the song that really got me to listen to this album. It's pretty good. A solid mix of lo-fi with strange compositions. It has its drony moments, its noisy moments and its folky moments. EMA has a knack for interesting songwriting. She can write a catchy song then immediately go into some unknown experimental territory. Lot of the songs remind me of grunge, which isn't bad at all. Starts off strong, but ... read more
Xristoula
98
One of the best albums of 2010s
Tom Simmons
56
Fav Tracks: Breakfast, The Grey Ship, Milkman

Least Fav Track: California
lemuriams
41
Must hear what?
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Decade Lists

#111/Pitchfork (2010s)

Track List

  1. The Grey Ship 
  2. California 
  3. Anteroom 
  4. Milkman 
  5. Coda 
  6. Marked 
  7. Breakfast 
  8. Butterfly Knife 
  9. Red Star
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