Innocence Is Kinky

Jenny Hval - Innocence Is Kinky
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2013 Ratings: #12 / 955
User Score
Based on 125 ratings
2013 Ratings: #88
May 14, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Rune Grammofon / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

94
Sputnikmusic

It may be difficult to listen to, and even harder to stomach, but there is great reward in focusing on what happens in this deceptively hushed landscape that Hval has built

90
No Ripcord

This mind-expanding record will inspire a more inexpressible connection: you will carve your own niche within its deep and absorbing textures, and you will find new things upon every listen.

90
The 405

Innocence Is Kinky may not be an easy listen, with its hardened emotions, harsh sounds and brilliantly erratic vocal style, but Jenny Hval has taken what was once a floundering live art performance and fashioned it into her most enduring recorded work yet.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

On Innocence Is Kinky, Hval flaunts these contradictions of innocence, forcing us into the role of one of her fathers/lovers. With the sound of her voice, she both hands us the knife and brandishes it at us, daring us to keep listening, to listen even closer. 

90
PopMatters

Innocence is Kinky might be a more clear distillation of Hval’s vision, but that’s only because the gaze is fixed so intently from performer to perpetrator. 

85
Beats Per Minute

To call Innocence is Kinky a sort of coldhearted sexual odyssey, or some equally twisted companion to Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (Bill Harford could really have used a listen), hardly feels a stretch. 

78
Pitchfork

Not content to merely test the limitations of musical genre, of sound, of her own voice (and, by virtue, her body), Hval knowingly transgresses those limitations as she explores what’s just beyond her range. 

tha138
72
With her kinky innocence, Jenny Hval is looking for the nordic, urban blues in the strangest places, a difficult task but she won't give up easily.
EMR
68
With more vivid instrumentation, Hval continues her deranged saga of experimental songwriting, showcasing talent and maturity, despite the overall paradoxal innocence theme of the album. There are some really creative sounds and song structures in the tracklisting here, and Jenny's vocals still amaze. It is denitely not an easy listen, but Innocence is Kinky proves to be a heart-stopping experience, as Hval both please and challenge the listener song after song. The world needs more ... read more
holsgr
69
☆☆☆ ~ Great and respectable work. Even though the whole project doesn't manages the virtuosity and versatility as a majestic album effectively does, the overall feeling was succesfully positive on me.
plowo
79
Favs:Innocence Is Kinky, I Called, Give Me That Sound, Amphibious, Androgynous and Death of the Author.
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Track List

  1. Innocence Is Kinky
  2. Mephisto In the Water
  3. I Called
  4. Oslo Oedipus
  5. Renée Falconetti of Orléans
  6. Give Me That Sound
  7. I Got No Strings
  8. Is There Anything On Me That Doesn´t Speak?
  9. Amphibious, Androgynous
  10. Death of the Author
  11. The Seer
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Added on: April 3, 2013