Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2016 Ratings: #43 / 760
Year End Rank: #21
User Score
Based on 231 ratings
2016 Ratings: #70
September 30, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sacred Bones / Label
Art Pop, Ambient Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

Jenny Hval remains one of the most powerful, honest and funny performers working in music today, and this dissection of her self and her work is fascinating to the point of obsession.

90
Loud and Quiet

Part of the beauty of what Hval does is the way her art takes you to a place you didn’t know existed, but in a way where you don’t notice the journey.

90
Drowned in Sound

Hval’s always been a visceral storyteller, but now she really dips us into a new world, crimson-tinted and surreal, led by either her vampire self or her real artist self.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

The themes run from menstruation to vampires to capitalism to loneliness to pap smears, and any thread you pick can take you to the core. You have been invited in.

85
The 405

Blood Bitch sees Hval re-united with Lasse Marhaug, with the two sharing production duties. Marhaug, is arguably more in his element here with Hval embracing noise and drone more than she has on any previous record. It makes Blood Bitch an interesting step forward from previous record Apocalypse, girl.

83
Pitchfork
The Norwegian avant-gardist’s most atmospheric and filmic album draws on several traditions: vampire movies, the cross-hairs of art and pop, and the lineage of artwork made of menstrual blood.
83
Consequence of Sound

She experiments with darkness and various forms of liberation on the regular, particularly so in last year’s Apocalypse, girl, but Hval goes deeper on Blood Bitch while somehow staying lighter.

80
The Skinny

Hval’s most personal record, Blood Bitch is an understated but intriguing album by a perpetually fascinating artist.

80
Slant Magazine
An intimate existential chronicle of imprisonment and liberation, its visceral, blood-smeared intensity works off a steady heartbeat of acute artistic ferment, the roiling passion underlying Hval's powerful declaration of self.
80
DIY

Hval’s latest is a complex, disarming listen that delves into new, foundry-pushing territory with the enthusiasm of an overzealous Pokemon Go player exploring new corners of the neighbourhood.

80
Exclaim!

Few tracks work on their own, but together they convey an urge to achieve order through art. Blood Bitch won't reward casual listeners, but it offers plenty to those who want to get a little lost.

80
Uncut

Hval’s approach has always been equal parts instinctive, intellectual and whimsical, but Blood Bitch confirms her singular methodology is now at its most surgically precise and bold. In realising her uncontainable, bewildering ambitions, one might even suggest it represents Hval’s coming of age.

80
AllMusic

Sounds and concepts flow into each other as potently as blood itself on Blood Bitch, a bewitching album from an artist at the peak of her powers.

80
Under The Radar

Blood Bitch is her latest attempt to marry up the pretty and the grotesque. An open exploration of menstruation, the record uses her ceramic intone to startling effect,

80
PopMatters

Blood Bitch is a record that doesn’t try to be anything. Whereas Apocalypse, Girl was contrived and Viscera was uneventful, this record is dreamy and memorable, both through its illusion of simplicity and its gentle invitation to listeners.

80
Sputnikmusic

Despite controversial lyrics, unconventional song structures, and a lofty concept, Blood Bitch somehow fits like a defiant glove against all the odds.

70
musicOMH
At times, this is probably easier to admire than to actually sit down and enjoy, but it’s an impressive achievement nonetheless.
58
Pretty Much Amazing

Blood Bitch commits the ultimate crime of all so-called concept albums: there is undeniable effort in the subject and story it was supposed to tell, but little magic in the execution.

siberianbreaks
62
Not much more than a year later and the poetic Jenny Hval is back yet again this time with her most personal and fictional story yet. A cryptic telling of introspection and existentialism imagined through gothic, synth-oriented styles of the 80's and most importantly vampires - a daring concept even for Jenny for how it musically offers what we wouldn't expect from her.

The lead, teaser track, 'Female Vampire' was an alerting piece with its anxious synths and yet it's the most comfortable ... read more
musicmagpie55
83
This album is fantastic. I think the most incredible part of this album is it is the most accessible Jenny Hval has ever made, and it sounds so easy and creative. I love her weirdness, but she could probably produce a sublime conventional pop album if she wanted; Blood Bitch gets pretty close.

Also, 10/10 album art and title.
thethirdverse
NR
even though songwriting is one of this album's strongsuits, it fails to hit its own anticipated high points or "revelations". i was honestly waiting for some kind of breakthrough this entire album. it's mostly good stuff though.
hellodecatur
75
Promising... the ratio of pretentious non-songs to certifiable jams is starting to tip towards the latter. Keep it up!
EMR
77
Jenny Hval continues her impressive streak of jaw-dropping LPs with the daring Blood Bitch, another one of her socially-conscious experimental endeavours. Here, the artist displays once again that same courage to do whatever she desires in a full lenght, both in terms of songwriting and sound crafting. While Apocalypse, Girl sounded like a post-nightmarish narrative of thoughts and abstractions, Blood Bitch is much more straight-forward, endlessly provocative and still very poetic, as only ... read more
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Track List

  1. Ritual Awakening
  2. Female Vampire
  3. In the Red
  4. Conceptual Romance
  5. Untamed Region
  6. The Great Undressing
  7. Period Piece
  8. The Plague
  9. Secret Touch
  10. Lorna
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