AOTY 2021
Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2015 Ratings: #217 / 977
User Score
Based on 287 ratings
2015 Ratings: #57
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

Abyss neatly encompasses the totality of her career, synthesizing the artist’s prolific catalog into her strongest and most ambitious album yet, a cavernous chasm filled with beauty, brutality, and endless possibility.

85
The 405

Ultimately, Abyss is like a nightmare. It consumes you, shows you a darkness you'd tried to keep away from, but in the cold of night, wide awake and heart-pumping you can't deny you enjoy the thrill of it.

81
Pitchfork
Overall, this is the first time you feel like the music consistently lives up to the power of her voice.
80
The Skinny

Abyss portrays a skilled songwriter at the peak of her game, capable of composing wonderfully harmonious, country-tinged laments – albeit drowning them in outlandish studio trickery and effects.

80
Drowned in Sound

Abyss proves that there's still much work to do in the dark side of alt rock. Chelsea Wolfe is surely ahead of the curve.

80
musicOMH

Wolfe’s previous albums have at times been hazy, barely conscious affairs, Abyss is perhaps the first that really seeks to plunge into the depths and explore the darker edges of the subconscious.

80
AllMusic

More than ever, Abyss proves that she knows when to unleash her full fury and when to rein it in, and the results are stunning.

80
Exclaim!

Abyss needs no visual accompaniment to conjure unshakeable images and intense sensations, so vivid are the pictures it paints with sound alone.

80
The Needle Drop
Chelsea Wolfe's latest record is her most dense and brooding yet.
75
Consequence of Sound

There’s a vast landscape in Abyss, but most times it’s too dark to be certain of what you see.

75
Under The Radar

Abyss, like any Wolfe album, is a vast and immersive sonic universe, and her deepest and most personal yet.

70
Spin

This time Wolfe fully embraces the eerie darkness that’s always trailed her work. Abyss weighs unnecessarily heavy at times ... but Wolfe makes a convincing case to follow her into the underworld.

70
PopMatters

Abyss may not be a go-to for either late-night or summer listening, but it ably solidifies Wolfe’s presence as a devastatingly unique voice in our current musical climate.

70
The Line of Best Fit

With Abyss Wolfe puts front and center this darkness and uses it as both a bludgeon and catalyst.

70
Rolling Stone

There's no mistaking the real hurt in these songs — throughout Abyss, Wolfe uses her pain as a powerful tool, revealing the beauty underneath it.

70
No Ripcord

Despite the weak ending, Wolfe brings a chaotic, engulfing sound that makes this one of her heaviest works yet.

67
A.V. Club
The downside of all this bombast is that the album, taken as a whole, can feel ponderous.
60
Clash

When it is deprived of reverb, Wolfe's voice is as wraith-like and potent as ever and a fitting central motif to her most successful effort yet.

WhatTheFunk
67
No, this album has nothing to do with the Cameron movie released in '89, even if the cover could pretend the opposite. A glaucous version perhaps, without a diving suit, in which you visit the seabed with your feet moulded in a slab of concrete.

From the first creepy beats of "Carrion Flowers", you know that this Chelsea Wolfe album will be very dark. Oppressive, the darkness of the sounds contrasts with the clear voice of the young woman, hypnotic guitars are ubiquitous, cavernous ... read more
FACEMOVIES
95
Are you afraid of the dark? What if we made the day to the night? Imagine no one is sleeping at night, the birds are singing in the night, you hear cars driving, people going to work or to the park in the night. You hear children playing on the streets, the ringing bell of bicycles and the wind. Its dark, but if you close your eyes and just listen, it feels like a normal sunny day. Imagine this being the normal day routine in this world. People sleep in daylight but live their life at night. ... read more
Roystor
92
ECLÉCTICO.

En su 7mo álbum de estudio la artista Chelsea Wolfe nos presenta quizás su mejor álbum en cuanto a aspectos generales como la producción y el concepto en si. No hay duda de que Chelsea suele destacar bastante por la ambientación que le empeña a cada nuevo álbum, este álbum se siente oscuro, frío y con mucha tensión.

"Abyss" es una mirada retrospectiva a diferentes estilos de hace algunos ... read more
aaron
86
Haunting, in all the right ways.
Lucmun
83
Abyss is, thus far, the best album from modern music's queen of goth. The atmosphere is chilling and heavy, yet you want to sink deeper and deeper into its hollowed chasm as the nightmare of reality and the abyss that once seemed so terrifying slowly turns into a peaceful dream.
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Added on: April 28, 2015