Belladonna of Sadness

Alexandra Savior - Belladonna of Sadness
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2017 Ratings: #687 / 880
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Based on 103 ratings
2017 Ratings: #238
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Full of slide guitars, driving percussion and that voice, Alexandra Savior’s debut arrives as a fully-realized and confident force of nature, the kind of sound that could become her personal trademark if she keeps with it long enough.


Dry wit and effortless elegance run throughout, which makes cinematic, poetic wonderment out of eye rolls and humongous sighs.


Savior's sound and imagination have been effectively realized and captured here in a magnetic collection of songs with an almost Lynch-ian/Coppola-esque cinematic feel to them. An impressive debut from a very promising songwriter, hopefully with more to come.


It’s an album not without its flaws, but it would be unfair to paint ‘Belladonna…’ as anything other than a great debut album. It’s a confident record that boasts great vocal delivery, excellent arrangements and plenty of style.


The young American singer launches her career with a slinky, vintage album featuring production from Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner—though it sounds more like Turner side-project than a showcase debut.

The Skinny

It’s hard not to think that Belladonna of Sadness, stylised as it is to within an inch of its life, is not a fairly straightforward grab for some of Lana Del Rey’s market.

The true arrival of Alexandra Savior (née McDermott) the artist was this year’s “The Archer,” a highly replayable psych-pop album constructed entirely on her own. “The Archer” was clearly envisioned as a response to an apparently ill-fated collaboration with Alex Turner, who co-wrote and produced McDermott’s debut “Belladonna of Sadness.” The new album is an artistic victory for McDermott, who seems to have felt consigned to the role of a ... read more
greatly produced, catchy, predictable, repeatable, emotionless
"Shades", "Audeline"
I love that kind of voices
Sexy tembre you got here
Spanish vibe in the first track, perhaps alex turner was visiting it. 7.5
second is boring
third sounds synthetic, original sounds
fourth I liked it 7.6
5th my god what a fucking boring bass line, the whole song for that.
sixth MTME somebody else said to like this track, anyway im noticing it boring... yes it ended up boring.
seventh. the same with the bass but this time in the fucking drums.
eight. what the fuck, such a radio marketed track, not even that perhaps, but well, what do I know ... read more
Her debut doesn't really have the kind of quality of songwriting that makes her sophomore so captivating. Its still not bad but i feel like there's just a lot on The Archer that is missing here.

Favourite Tracks : Girlie, Vanishing Point
Least Favourite : M.T.M.E.
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Year End Lists

#30/The Independent

Track List

  1. Mirage
  2. Bones
  3. Shades
  4. Girlie
  5. Frankie
  6. M.T.M.E.
  7. Audeline
  8. Cupid
  9. 'Til You're Mine
  10. Vanishing Point
  11. Mystery Girl
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Added on: November 22, 2016