AOTY 2021
Marissa Nadler - Strangers
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2016 Ratings: #252 / 947
User Score
Based on 153 ratings
2016 Ratings: #258
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The 405

Strangers is an astounding combination of styles that takes music that is fairly usual, and turns it into something completely unique that strikes slowly but deeply, and irrevocably.

83
Consequence of Sound

Strangers is a culmination of years of work, moving past heartbreak and embracing maturity as growth rather than deterioration.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Strangers feels and sounds like a breakthrough album, a set of linked short stories set to music.

80
Mojo

Nadler has moved forward with a delicate yet steel-spined album of intimate soliloquies positing her as having taken up the baton which Mazzy Star have so often dropped.

80
Spin

She’s the sort of artist that you couldn’t imagine ever making a bad album, and her newest is more proof.

80
Exclaim!

On Strangers, Nadler seems to have her perfected her craft, adding even more confidence to keep her winning streak alive and well.

80
Uncut

An album that seems to exist in some hinterland between dream, nightmare and reality.

80
The Needle Drop

Singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler delivers her strongest set of songs yet on Strangers.

77
Paste

Strangers is in many ways more dynamic than some of Nadler’s previous efforts, balancing the ethereal atmospherics with musical movement that adds a sense of foreboding, as if Nadler were singing calmly in the face of an onrushing apocalypse.

76
Pitchfork
As with any Nadler recording, this isn’t a stark turn from her usual vibe. The strength of this album lies in its subtle shifts, the way it casually unfolds without getting stuck.
70
Under The Radar

Nadler forges ahead on her seventh album, Strangers, with a mix that comfortably sits within her typical sullen-to-sinister range.

70
musicOMH

For the most part Strangers succeeds because of its strangeness, but when that strangeness slips, the album as a whole does too.

70
PopMatters

Her songs are musically sparse, and while often the first thing I think of is Grouper in comparison, Marissa Nadler’s songs are much more potent; patently bleaker; downright apocalyptic.

70
American Songwriter

Despite the ominous lyrical content, Nadler creates music with warmth, grace and genuine humility.

70
Drowned in Sound

Where Marissa Nadler missed the mark by stripping away both the darkness and the interesting musical experiments of its predecessor Little Hells, Strangers fills the space left by doom and gloom with heady sonic experimentation.

70
AllMusic
The nuanced musical and sonic sophistication on display here is an extension of the songwriter's signature sound, which has perhaps become more accessible. That said, these changes mark development, not compromise.
60
The Skinny

Atmosphere is everything in Nadler's oeuvre. The dynamics of her songs and their careful arrangements are sketched with subtlety: there are few 'big' moments. With that in mind, it's the beefier, fuller tunes that stand out.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

The flesh on the 11 ghosts of Strangers is heavier than on lots of Nadler’s past work. And the sonic space mirrors the lyric meat; this is corporal, forward locomotion.

MAN
55
Good!
amygoodall
76
good
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
NR
After the masterpiece of July the bar was set astronomically high, but Strangers doesn't disappoint. Despite the apocalyptic theme, compared to the past record it seems more self-confident and in control. You can sense the artistic progression and development, including trading in finger-picking acoustic guitars to thrashing electric guitar solos.
73
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Added on: February 23, 2016