Sudden Elevation

Ólöf Arnalds - Sudden Elevation
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Based on 7 reviews
2013 Ratings: #604 / 955
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Based on 7 ratings
February 4, 2013 / Release Date
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One Little Indian / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

79
Beats Per Minute

It’s its own organic creature, and Sudden Elevation proves this, as she comfortably moves between gentle cooing, spiralling softly downwards on a single syllable, or multi-tracking her voice evoking a sense of playfulness.

70
The 405

Arnalds' song-writing is astoundingly complex at times, effusively simple at others; threading liquid harmonies through her quirky falsetto and pirouetting upon melodies.

70
musicOMH

Sudden Elevation is yet another solid display of Arnalds’ talents and is arguably the LP that most newcomers to the singer-songwriter should arrive at first.

70
DIY

It’s Ólöf's wonderful vocals that are ‘Sudden Elevation’s highlight though.

70
PopMatters

Arnalds’s music is based upon tradition and the tiny innovations that an awareness of those traditions allows rather than novelty

60
Drowned in Sound

On this record it’s all too common for the songs to merely float by, neither enticing you to pursue nor burdening you into reflection, which is a shame as Ólöf is more than capable of writing stunning songs.

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END OF YEAR LISTS

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Track List

  1. German Fields
  2. Bright And Still
  3. Return Again
  4. Treat Her Kindly
  5. Call It What You Want
  6. A Little Grim
  7. Fear Less
  8. Numbers And Names
  9. Sudden Elevation
  10. The Joke
  11. Onwards And Upwards
  12. Perfect
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