Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2016 Ratings: #48 / 947
Year End Rank: #21
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Based on 303 ratings
2016 Ratings: #105
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

The Skinny

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

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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,


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.


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

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

Never trust a new Jenny Hval album.

If there is one thing that the Norwegian continues to teach me continuously throughout her already long discography of 8 albums, it is that it is impossible to try to predict her next move. While her last album was dancing at the first listenings, with a strange concept to accompany it... it didn't fail. I barely had time to say "It's a good little album, very nice" when SNAP! Jenny had once again taken me by surprise, this time by deeply sticking ... read more
Yooooo menstruating vampire album!!!!
I really wanted to like this, but it was just so boring. It feels like the slow, 'ethereal' qualities were overworked to obscure mediocre songwriting and unsuccessfully. A shame; some lovely synths (and singing) here and there.


Ritual Awakening ~ ★★☆☆☆
Female Vampire ~ ★★☆☆☆
In the Red ~ ★★☆☆☆
Conceptual Romance ~ ★★☆☆☆
Untamed Region ~ ★★☆☆☆
The Great Undressing ~ ★★☆☆☆
Period Piece ~ ★★★☆☆
The Plague ~ ... read more
Jenny Hval's albums are always interesting, because you are not sure what to exept. This time arround she is a vampire that travels through time and seeks blood, unable to exceed her addictions. Free to choose her destination but unable to brake her chains,not that free afterall.

Highlights:"Ritual Awakening","Female Vampire", "In the Red","Conceptual Romance","Secret Touch"
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.
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Added on: May 25, 2016