Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2015 Ratings: #74 / 770
Year End Rank: #32
User Score
Based on 165 ratings
2015 Ratings: #146
June 9, 2015 / Release Date
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Sacred Bones / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The 405

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

90
The Line of Best Fit

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

90
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.
80
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.

80
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.
80
Tiny Mix Tapes
Each piece makes for a beautiful, unceremonious introduction to the otherwise private and sensitive world Hval has always dared to define.
80
PopMatters

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

80
The Guardian

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

80
musicOMH

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.

80
Spin
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.
79
Pitchfork
Like all of her best work, it finds new ways to provoke, and new parts of your brain to light up.
75
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.

70
NME
‘Apocalypse, Girl’ then: serene on the surface, but disturbed deep down.
70
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.

70
Exclaim!
Spoken word, drum loops, organs and synths craft an ethereal dream that is punctured by the dark subject matter of the lyrics.
70
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.

liammenzies
84
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
80
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
_quitebitter_
89
I really feel in love with this record. I think this was in the top best albums of 2015. Jenny Hval crafts such great stories and vocal performances into experimental songs. An album I wanna listen to over and over to be completely honest.
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Track List

  1. Kingsize
  2. Take Care Of Yourself
  3. That Battle Is Over
  4. White Underground
  5. Heaven
  6. Why This_
  7. Some Days
  8. Sabbath
  9. Angels and Anaemia
  10. Holy Land
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Added on: February 25, 2015