Classic Objects

Jenny Hval - Classic Objects
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2022 Ratings: #96 / 340
User Score
Based on 356 ratings
2022 Ratings: #81
Liked by 28 people
Sign In to rate and review


The Skinny

Norwegian experimenter Jenny Hval continues her turn towards clarity on Classic Objects with stunning results.


‘Classic Objects’ walks the line between art and humanity, between nature and fabrication, between the real and the conceptual. It’s the audible equivalent of a painting affixed with human hair.

Beats Per Minute

In its many guises, Classic Objects is that light, a profound statement from an artist bound by no traditions, and it is offered freely to those searching for all the questions they’ve yet to ask.


Hval's etiolated delivery brings a distance from what's recounted, rendering this as an unsettling experience.

Her songs flirt with conventional verse-chorus structure;her lyrics are clear and direct,drawn from life.
God Is in the TV

Classic Objects is a real contradiction. It’s intense but easy. Its rich lyrical imagery and cognitive dissonance is suspended among brightly lit passages of familiar, poppy choruses, uplifting devotional verse and yet it is grounded by Hval’s pragmatism.

Slant Magazine

On Classic Objects, Jenny Hval steps outside of herself to consider her position as an object of capitalism and patriarchy.


Hval’s music remains endlessly fresh and innovative.


Classic Objects ought to be weighed down by its thematic density, by its specificity and insistence on revealing its own ropes and pulleys. It's to Hval's immense credit that it feels airborne instead, the work of an artist operating at the height of her craft.

The Norwegian artist presents her most unified mind-body work to date, melody-filled art-pop that deals with the nature of self and the freedom of the unconscious.

Like her previous album The Practice of Love, Classic Objects' music often feels more welcoming than might be expected, but Hval's observations are, as always, rigorous and swift-moving. Her songwriting feels particularly immersive this time around, and filled with writerly detail that makes the ordinary feel extraordinary.

The Observer
The Norwegian’s unshowy electronica and lush lyrics complement each other on this intriguing slow reveal of an album.
Under The Radar

Classic Objects is an album of stories and meditations. Jenny Hval treats them like classic objects, ones that deserve care when handled. Yet these objects are far from fragile—bubbling synth pulses and rolling percussions evolve into climactic crescendos and back again.

The Young Folks

As a whole, Classic Objects is an artistic achievement and heartfelt statement that offers comfort to those who wish to be seen.

Louder Than War

Classic Objects is a somewhat therapeutic, avant-pop record that works on both an emotional and cerebral level.


The songs on Jenny Hval’s latest album, Classic Objects, are purposely dreamlike and intended to inspire her audience’s reveries. Hval succeeds in creating a dreamlike state.

Northern Transmissions
Regardless of any compositional nitpicks, Hval remains a fascinating artist because she herself is constantly fascinated, finding wonder in even the most mundane without dorm room philosophizing.
Hval’s beautiful vocals take center stage at most moments, yes, but the rather varied musical backdrops manage to take the listener in a lot of directions.
Spectrum Culture
Jenny Hval’s latest record grapples with the loss of identity entrancing lounge art pop. Though the music is more accessible and as captivating as ever, she has never sounded more unsure.
Loud and Quiet
Directly shaped by the pandemic’s confines, this album feels like a breather in Hval’s career as she looks back on her life with wistfulness, amusement, and thoughtful regard.
Crack Magazine

Comparing Classic Objects to anything else in Hval’s oeuvre will only serve to sour the taste. Even her wonderfully quotidian musings begin to feel trite and twee on a song like Freedom, which begins with a crooning, cringe-inducing plea of wanting to “live in a democracy where art is free”.

The Arts Desk

Classic Objects is made of up little stories set to music - standalone units of narrative outside of the usual verse and chorus structure. They’re not quite the made-up fables of folk but not quite a straight up representation of reality either, meandering between real life observation and constructed philosophical sketches.

Record Collector

An alluring enigma, Classic Objects turns shared experiences of irresolution and uncertainty into beguilingly abstract dreampop shapes.


With Jenny Hval, we are never at the end of our surprises. "Classic Objects" is further proof that the artist has an inexhaustible imagination and talent.

Direction Oslo, in the heart of a Scandinavian scene always as prolific as interesting. Pop and traditional culture is constantly animated and there is always something to eat. Today we are going to talk about a multi-talented artist, far from being a beginner, the brilliant Jenny Hval, who in my opinion remains one of the most ... read more


This is the best Bjork album released this year until Bjork releases a new album


The more I listen to the music of Jenny Hval, The more I fall under its spell. Her last couple releases have veer more towards accessibility, while holding steady within a more experimental lane. Last years collaborative album with Håvard Volden as Lost Girls really opened my ears to Hval’s music and that wonderment continues onto her latest album Classic Objects. Listening to things as easy going as the light reggae sway of opener “Year of Love”, the airiness of ... read more


Every time I look at this album cover I just see the Venice Beach level from Tony Hawk 2. Oh yeah and the songs aren't bad.


Saw Jenny and her band play this album live tonight and it made me realize just how marvelous it is. I liked it from the first listen but wasn’t as enraptured as I was when I first heard The Practice of Love. Several weeks and listens on long drives later, I’m now a full-blow classic objector. One of Jenny’s greatest strengths as an artist is her ability to chose and stick to a new palate with each release. The bongos and spacey drones on this record give her profound lyrics a ... read more


Experimental como siempre, Jenny Hval hace un disco que quizá peque de pesado. Las canciones tardan mucho en arrancar, es una lástima que suceda esto porque las melodías luego son buenas, pero hasta que llega...
Mejores temas: Year of Love, American Coffe y The Revolution Will Not Be Owned.

Purchasing Classic Objects from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?

Added on: January 18, 2022