Nicolas Jaar - Sirens
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2016 Ratings: #253 / 947
Year End Rank: #38
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Based on 422 ratings
2016 Ratings: #66
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Pretty Much Amazing

This is brave stuff, even if it is masked in poetry. For someone who has concealed himself behind other monikers and never truly followed up his beloved Space is Only Noise until now, this is a surprising record.

Resident Advisor

Sirens is his best record because it's both his most straightforward and most experimental, his densest and lightest. Down to its core, Sirens is a stark record with all the verve of a sweeping opus. It's powerful but ambiguous—neither here nor there, which is where Jaar has been all along.


This auteur strategy extends to his new, second full-length record, the eagerly awaited Sirens, an ambitious and eclectic album that packs tons of ideas into its runtime and manages to pull them all off with a great deal of style. There’s a lot to digest here.


Jaar has been a formidable producer since releasing his earliest singles, but Sirens, more than any other previous release, proves that he is every bit as capable as all the artists mentioned above in creating a true masterpiece. 


He doesn't reveal many new tricks, but his knowledge of his own palette is masterful in every moment. More poetic and thoughtful than ever before, Jaar maintains an ability to fit seemingly disparate sounds together as if they were always meant to find each other.


Employing the production deftness that made Space sparkle, Jaar injects each of Sirens' six tracks with equal parts swagger and poignancy.


‘Sirens’, a record fans have been waiting over half a decade for, is undoubtedly a triumph.

The 405

Sirens remains immeasurable in terms of style, genre, songwriting, and overall production. Where Space Is Only Noise and side project Darkside were mostly musical thinkpieces, Sirens asks questions of society that develop in cohesion through repeat listens.

Consequence of Sound

You don’t have to understand Sirens to enjoy it, and Sirens doesn’t make listeners feel at odds for not understanding it in full either.

The Guardian
The song structures constantly meander and fragment and often dissolve into silence and drone before reconstituting. If this idea seems baffling, it makes no more sense at all in the listening, and by turns hypnotises, frustrates and dazzles. This obstreperousness will only further alienate the doubters, but you cannot fault Jaar’s preposterous ambition.

The continuous presence of vocals makes it Jaar's most emotional work yet, opening the door to a wider audience.

The Needle Drop

Nicolas Jaar experiments with vocals and a lot more on his latest album, Sirens.

Drowned in Sound

It’s not terrible album ... but at the end of it you’ll probably find yourself either: a) indifferently bored; b) making bets with yourself on what he’s going to channel next.

I'm so stupid
Surprisingly a lot more, well, vocal than his other works, "Sirens" is also a bit more accessible than usual... which isn't a bad thing of course! It's a groovy, texturally-fantastic and well-written electronic album that shows Nicolas Jaar is a fearless artist in the way he approaches sound.

Fav Tracks: Three Sides of Nazareth, Killing Time, The Governor, No

Least Fav Track: Leaves

ambient pop?! get the fuck outta here!
Like the sound of sirens themselves, Jaar's music is both piercing and musical, striking yet elegant.
"Three Sides of Nazareth" is the best song I have ever seen performed live. I love the bass, I love the subject matter, and I love the atmosphere.

He also gets credit for one of the best physical releases I have ever purchased. The fact that the album sleeve is printed on scratch-off paper only adds to the theme of destruction. Nicolas Jaar knows how to construct an album like no one else.
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Added on: September 23, 2016