The Path of the Clouds

Marissa Nadler - The Path of the Clouds
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Based on 13 reviews
2021 Ratings: #152 / 661
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Based on 171 ratings
2021 Ratings: #178
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With her ninth album, The Path of the Clouds, she finally tips the balance from indie folk to rock on a cinematic set largely inspired by watching reruns of Unsolved Mysteries during pandemic lockdown in 2020. What Nadler does with those inspirations is uniquely hers.

Northern Transmissions

The real feat is that her brilliantly constructed, chilling lyrics are only bettered by her brilliantly arranged, chilling songs.


It’s Marissa Nadler’s most ambitious undertaking from a lyrical perspective, but she pulls it off brilliantly while simultaneously delivering an album that sounds so lush, sweeping, and powerful that all of the subtle, intricate melodies are merely the cherry on top.


Musically, Nadler's virtuoso, downbeat songs radiate the foreboding accompanying the inspection of a locked room being reopened after decades.


A lyrical treasure trove, but the biggest surprise of the self-produced album is the richness of the sound.


This is a departure for Nadler in a number of ways, with more sophisticated production, unusual storytelling, and a firm look ahead to her future as an artist (more piano, more power vocally).


She may be nine albums in, but it is clear from her latest opus that Marissa Nadler is at the peak of her powers, giving us a work whose intensity burns brightly.


The thrills of The Path of the Clouds are far richer than most true crime fiction, but like the best examples of the genre, it leaves you breathless.

Loud and Quiet

Highly atmospheric and conceptually intelligent, The Path of the Clouds is a worthy addition to Nadler’s impressively consistent catalogue.

Beats Per Minute
The album is suffused with atmosphere, and is full of intriguing narrative ideas, compelling lyrics, and some of her most well-observed stories. Ultimately, though, it ends up coming off a bit too staid and stuck in its own yawning landscape to truly take off.
The Needle Drop

The Path of the Clouds is easily Marissa Nadler's most instrumentally dense solo project to date, which is mostly a blessing.

Well, it's my first time listening to Marissa Nadler's music, which I'm quite impressed with, the production on the whole album is quite beautiful and pretty, an album which makes me want to go deeper into it and without a doubt go deeper into more Marissa Nadler's music. Definitly i love this album.

Favorite tracks: Bessie, did you make it?, The path of the clouds, If i could breathe underwater, Elegy, From vapor to stardust, Storm, Turned into air, And i dream of running, Lemon queen. ... read more
I have followed Marissa Nadler from the very beginning of her career, and here on her ninth solo album the trajectory of that artistic journey reaches its pinnacle in this stunning masterpiece of a record. every best tendency of her songwriting has been maximized. it's nothing but frisson from beginning to end. her lyrics are always thoughtful and emotionally rich, and she brings a brightness to darkness that is uncanny and unique.

the features are constructive and meaningful, especially the ... read more
A gorgeous chamber-folk album displaying dreamy vocals and poetic lyrics. It's highly atmospheric, rich in production, and home to some hauntingly angelic moments.

Favourite tracks: The Path of the Clouds, Couldn't Have Done the Killing, Elegy. From Vapor To Stardust.
Her best album since Marissa Nadler (2011). Loved the production and lyrics. She has an ability to put you in that mood.
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Added on: August 25, 2021