Holy Other - Held
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2012 Ratings: #107 / 1105
User Score
Based on 61 ratings
2012 Ratings: #200
Liked by 2 people
August 28, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Tri Angle / Label
Witch House / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

The real triumph of Held is emotional – rarely has instrumental electronic music been so heartfelt; simultaneously transcendent, uplifting, stately and sad. Absolutely exquisite.

90
The 405

From start to finish there isn't a bad moment on this album really and I can easily say so far it is the best thing I have heard in a long time.

90
FACT Magazine

In both musical and studio accomplishment Holy Other has come into his own as strong, individual, musical voice

82
Beats Per Minute

This kind of high-emotion, omni-genre electronic music is becoming the measure of artists working without geographical or scene ties and Held is one of the best examples. 

80
Drowned in Sound

It’s short (36 mins), but deep and heady, the sort of record that worms its way into your head and stays there, leaving a faint imprint on your psyche.

80
Pitchfork

His music is of the wholly sensual, painfully physical kind, and with Held he triumphantly translates his bruised intimacy to full-length format without losing any of its skin-prickling power.

80
No Ripcord

The album succeeds as an exercise in hermetic communication – one that heavily applies itself to the imagination and does so without articulating a complete verse. 

70
PopMatters

This is not the kind of electronic music that backs itself into a corner thanks to too many clever gestures.

70
NME

Frustratingly, the one thing ‘Held’ needs is the one thing their Tumblr-goth fans are short on: concentration. 

50
Consequence of Sound

The colors, textures, and concepts are similar, but the lion’s share of Held comes off as sophomoric pseudo-art

Raiksheen
75

Good

treblafreeman
69

I like the ambient, droneish aspect of it. I dislike the hi pitched voices' aspect of it.

ShoegazeJake
100

Dark ambient witch house.

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Track List

  1. (W)here 
  2. Tense Past 
  3. Inpouring 
  4. Love Some1 
  5. U Now 
  6. In Difference 
  7. Past Tension 
  8. Held 
  9. Nothing Here
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Added on: June 8, 2012