Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2015 Ratings: #106 / 925
Year End Rank: #32
User Score
Based on 236 ratings
2015 Ratings: #134
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The 405

Apocalypse, girl deals in big ideas about life and society but does so in a way that that feels intimate and personal.

The Line of Best Fit

Apocalypse, girl is staggering in so many ways; funny, shocking, engaging, musically ambitious and uncompromising.

Loud and Quiet
It is, in plain terms, a simply stunning collection of work that’s by turns charming, alluring, and deeply unsettling. It demands attention, and careful scrutiny reveals subtle details and hidden meanings in her fragile, dream-like world.
The Skinny

It's her frequent attempts to empathise with these opposing views – doing so with a stunning vocal performance dilating from breathy spoken word to sky-gazing operatics – that makes for an incredibly arresting commentary on the state of the West.

Under The Radar
Sitting somewhere between bawdy poet, avant-garde Ballardian sci-fi author, experimental composer, and actual pop star, Hval's unique brain is jam-packed with ideas, many of them a little bit filthy.
Tiny Mix Tapes
Each piece makes for a beautiful, unceremonious introduction to the otherwise private and sensitive world Hval has always dared to define.

Apocalypse, Girl might be, musically speaking, her most concise collection of songs yet, if also the most thematically loose and diverse.

The Guardian

It’s provocative, but these are ideas rarely heard in pop, which makes it all the more compelling.


Apocalypse, Girl is the thrilling sound of an artist expressing herself without the slightest hint of self-censorship. It’s one of the year’s most individual and original albums.

With a backing band that includes members of Swans and freeform jazz countrymen Jaga Jazzist, and thrilling newfound vocal confidence, Hval continues to cleverly connect, and explicitly comment on, matters of sex and politics on her third album.
Like all of her best work, it finds new ways to provoke, and new parts of your brain to light up.
Consequence of Sound

Apocalypse, girl is an understated mesh of free jazz and artful improvisation, guiding us out of the nightmare capitalism has dreamed for us and into sexual liberation and individual rebirth.

‘Apocalypse, Girl’ then: serene on the surface, but disturbed deep down.
Drowned in Sound

You have to turn Girl up loud to hear the 'meshes of voice' that make this a more complex album than on first impression.

Spoken word, drum loops, organs and synths craft an ethereal dream that is punctured by the dark subject matter of the lyrics.
Rolling Stone

Apocalypse, girl is a shift toward orchestral pop after the noisy rock of 2013's Innocence Is Kinky, but Hval loses none of her avant-garde inclinations in the process.

For all its worth, Apocalypse, girl can be described as something of a ‘sign of the times’ record - its lyrical metaphors and occasional uncanny production can appear esoteric, but at its core, Apocalypse, girl is an album that we can all relate to. The way that complex existential thoughts are covered across this record is unbridled. Hval flitters between fantasies and self-doubt, scrutinising both capitalism and herself, reckoning with death yet making it erotic. The contrasting ... read more
In addition to revisiting my 2015 year list, I'll be going back to albums that either didn't make said feature or I was totally unaware of. I may very well end up doing a redux list a la YMS' Top 10 ___ of ____ so don't take the ratings too seriously as I'll probably come back to these albums regularly to update the score.

After coming across Hval's latest EP when traversing some mid-year best-of lists, I found myself totally hooked in by her vocals and visions: she may not be breaking new ... read more
Holy fuck.
This was oddly surreal from the first track on. It's confrontational, somewhat seductive, amd very matter-of-fact in terms of approach. The metaphors are highly grotesque and unorthodox. I like it, but I don't think this is the kind of music that I will drown myself into constantly.
Insanely f***ed up but in the best possible way, so much progression from her earlier stuff. My only issues are that there is a little too much spoken word and her voice can cross over into whiny territory. But overall I really like the concept and production.

Best tracks: The Battle Is Over, Heaven, Why This, Some Days, Sabbath
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Added on: February 25, 2015