Holy Other - Held
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2012 Ratings: #82 / 950
User Score
Based on 40 ratings
2012 Ratings: #209
August 28, 2012 / Release Date
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Tri Angle / Label
Witch House / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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
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. 

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.

70
NME

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

70
PopMatters

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

50
Consequence of Sound

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

CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
exception
58
Generic loops and rhythms that have been released thousands of times over. Really nothing worth going back to, but the album is very accessible and listenable.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#9/The 405
#14/Gorilla vs. Bear
#29/Beats Per Minute

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