Optimism

Jana Horn - Optimism
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 117 ratings
2022 Ratings: #743
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Mojo

Her songs sound simultaneously safe and familiar, yet strange and unknowable.

80
Uncut

The ground that she walks on is treacherous, maybe even non-existent, but Optimism plots an intriguing course away from the everyday. Tread carefully and follow.

75
Pitchfork

With the boiled-down quality of a good short story collection, the debut album from the Texas songwriter is cryptic, bewildering, and daringly simple.

70
No Ripcord

Her country folk-tinged steady drifts have the occasional bass and horn accents. But overall, she wanders off in a pensive haze with hardly any interruption.

daltdisney
70

Wow, this is a pleasant little surprise. Jana Horn is wholly unique. I could pull bits and pieces of her work that can be compared to other artists if I wanted to—her voice similar to Lucy Dacus but with the melodic approach of Regina Spektor and the flexibility of Joni Mitchell; the lo-fi aesthetic akin to the Microphones or even NMH with the occasional horn sections. But frankly, Jana Horn is incomparable, her style unlike any other around today. It’s melancholic, off-kilter, ... read more

AngelHerntz
72

Calmo, cálido, grácil, plácido; como para amaestrar cualquier tormenta, útil para profundos momentos de introspección. El primer trabajo de Jana es una mezcla entre country e indie folk, pero incluso minimal para tales géneros. Su voz es tersa y acompaña de forma más que digna a los demás instrumentos, guitarra, bajo y batería; y en alguna canción una modesta sección de metales. Sus puntos fuertes residen ... read more

AndreVital
79

"The piercing cold air that slices against exposed skin whilst aimlessly pacing on a snowy night"

Unless you somehow stumbled upon the debut record from band, Reservations, "Taking Time", it's most likely that you haven't heard the name Jana Horn before. Be that as it may, the Austin singer-songwriter's debut record, "Optimism" is deserving of much praise within the folk community as it effectively and successfully introduces her songwriting style and much ... read more

weewoupe
72

very intimate, but i wish i had more to latch onto.

Shearer
63

Good voice but a lot of the songs are too skeletal.

Vespaert
90

The beauty of this album lay in its restraint, keeping everything so simple.

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Track List

1Friends Again
2:53
69
2Time Machine
2:53
71
3Optimism
1:59
75
4Changing Lives
2:26
65
5Man Meandering
3:37
68
6Tonight
2:40
65
7A Good Thing
3:37
63
8Jordan
4:54
68
9Driving
4:11
75
10When I Go Down Into the Night
2:15
61
Total Length: 31 minutes

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Added on: December 15, 2021